Blyth stage show will be a family affair

Members of the cast of Me and My Girl.
Members of the cast of Me and My Girl.
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Blyth’s Beaconsfield Operatic Society is marking its 91st anniversary by staging a production of the classic musical Me and My Girl this month.

The show, written by Noel Gay, Douglas Furber and L Arthur Rose in 1937, 13 years after the society was founded, can be seen at Blyth’s Phoenix Theatre from Tuesday, October 13, to Saturday, October 17.

The comedy musical will see the Beaconsfield players sing, dance and even play the spoons as they tell the tale of an uncouth Cockney lad inheriting an earldom and a sizeable fortune.

The cast features recent National Opera and Dramatic Association award-winners Peter Boyd and Marie Swan.

Boyd won his prize for his lead role in the society’s production of the 1992 Leslie Bricusse musical Scrooge, and Swan won hers for her role as Florence in Felling Stage Society’s production of Chess, the 1984 Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice show.

Boyd and Swan play John Tremayne and Sally Smith respectively, with Drew Herron taking on the leading role of Bill Snibson, the Lambeth-born heir to the Hareford millions, and Kath Dryden playing the part of the Duchess Maria.

Alison Stamp fills the role of social climber Jacqueline Carstone, and John-Paul Hofilena portrays Gerald Bolingbroke, her spurned boyfriend.

The show promises to be a family affair, with mother-and-daughter teams Susan Laws and Joanne Wall both playing upstairs maids and Sheena and Claire Brown and June and Lucy Fisher all in the chorus line. Christine Swalwell and her son Adam are also in the chorus line, and Robert Sabourn and his mum Susan Smith, the show’s musical director, will be involved too.

Songs featured including Leaning on a Lamppost, The Sun Has Got His Hat On and The Lambeth Walk.

Showtimes are 7.15pm on the weekdays and 2pm. Tickets are £11 for adults and £9.50 for concessions. Go to www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk for details.