Eastbourne Gilbert and Sullivan Society perform The Gondoliers at The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Review by Gregory Gower
Having researched the archives of this Society, I found that the first presentation of this opera was in 1971. The cast were: Sheila Davidson, Joan Clark, Jill Spence, Joyce Robinson, Valerie Turner, Roy Higgins, Arthur Callow, Alan Leach, John Clarke and Douglas Crosby-Jones. Probably insignificant to the casual reader, but when you think this was only the second production in the Society’s history and all members being Gilbert & Sullivan enthusiasts. This was indeed pioneering stuff!