Group celebrates years of theatre

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JUBILEE celebrations are starting early in Blyth with 170 years of musical theatre.

Saturday will see Phoenix Theatre Company, Blyth Music and Theatre Company and Beaconsfield Operatics joining together to present their history of their more recent productions over the last 90 years, and give a glimpse of the future productions.

With numbers covering the various productions of the three groups of Chess, Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Whistle Down the Wind, audiences will be able to start their celebrations for the Jubilee with a finale of British favourites; Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and Rule Britannia.

Maurice Dobson, chairman of Blyth Music and Theatre Company, said: “Blyth Music and Theatre Company started in 1922 – 90 years ago performing regularly at the Theatre Royal in Blyth.

“The company faced a hiatus for 20 years following World War II during which time the society did not operate, but since 1959 has been performing regularly in various venues in the Blyth area.

“A rich heritage of presenting musical theatre to the community of south east Northumberland.

“We are delighted that the three companies in Blyth can work together to a common goal of providing entertainment to the highest possible standard.”

Phoenix Theatre director David Garrett said: “It is important that the Phoenix Theatre serves it’s local community. Phoenix Theatre has been operating for 15 years, and as such offers an ideal venue for local societies.

“By having the facility available we are offering the local community and musical societies the opportunity to take part in the arts.”

Tickets priced at £10 are at www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk or by calling the box office on (01670) 367228.