It’s Christmas!! (Well nearly!)

We’re only a few weeks from Christmas, and it’s strange to think about the festive season, while writing this article on Bonfire Night! Christmas presents are always a task to make sure you get it ‘just right’ for friends and family so how about tickets for the next production from AMTG?

Oliver! (4th-8th April 2017) is going to be superb, from the very start, with our 36-strong group of urchins in the workhouse, who transform into the wonderfully cheeky pickpockets and thieves in Fagin’s Gang.

The Principals have been cast, and we’re delighted that our very own Nancy, Emily Watson, will reprise the rôle she played in her first show with AMTG in 2009.

We are always keen to welcome new Members, and this year an amazing number of people have joined us. We’re delighted that newcomers have been cast in leading rôles – Emily Hammond plays Bet; Ben Kirby plays Mr Bumble; Jenny Wells will play Charlotte. They join Carl Benfield as Bill Sykes, Josh Benfield as Noah Claypole, and Natalie Whittlesey as Widow Corney. Helen Barker plays Mrs Sowerberry, and Chris Head is Fagin. Other rôles are played by Ellie Mays, Chris Arnall, Allen Graham and Keith Reynolds.

Olivia Carroll-Walsh and Ella Cope will play the lead rôle of Oliver and The Artful Dodger will be played by Charlie Berrington and Oliver Welton for three performances each.

One of the great things about AMTG is the teamwork, and everyone involved is part of a very big and supportive happy “family”. Our family grows year on year, and it is true to say that members’ families also get involved in many capacities both on and off stage.

A great example is one of our Dads took to the stage as a singing and dancing sailor on board the S.S American in our last producton “Anything Goes”. This year, he has been cast in a Principal rôle, and we’re very pleased too – Dave Carroll-Walsh will play the undertaker, Mr Sowerberry, and so we now have three father and son teams, and two father and daughter teams performing in Oliver! and you don’t get more family than that!

Of course Oliver! would not be the same without Bullseye who accompanies Bill Sykes, and we’re delighted to announce that Coby will be treading the boards with us in April – his first acting rôle, but we are certain he will be a big hit with both the audiences and the membership!

Tickets are available from our online Box Office above and are £15 each (there are also some reduced price tickets). For large party bookings of more than 30, or if you have any queries, please telephone 07527 228945.

Demand for tickets is already at exceptional levels – within a week of the online Box Office opening, we had sold more than 25% so do hurry in order not to be disappointed!

We are always keen to hear from anybody who would like to help backstage with our productions, and although we have held our acting New Members’ auditions for this year, there is still the opportunity to come and be a part of this great team – please email [email protected] if you would like to come and join us.