We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Spring concert in Louth will be a staged performance of Sir Lennox Berkeley’s one-act comic opera A Dinner Engagement. Stage direction will be by Chris Cann and musical direction by Alex Carpenter. The production will take place at our home-from-home, the Riverhead Theatre in Louth, Lincolnshire.
First performed in 1954, the opera tells the hilarious story of the impoverished Earl and Countess of Dunmow who are preparing a dinner party to entertain the formidable Grand Duchess of Monteblanco. Having no staff except their loyal but eccentric char-lady, Mrs Kneebone, they are compelled to cook the meal themselves – and keep up appearances while they’re at it! This witty comedy of manners sparkles like the finest vintage champagne.
The second half of the programme will consist of a concert of Gilbert and Sullivan favourites to charm and delight the audience, featuring songs from HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Gondoliers, and includes a preview of the June production of The Mikado.
If you would like to audition for a role in the Spring concert, all the information you need is available to download from our auditions page.
Please note that this is an amateur production. There is no show fee to take part, but travel and accommodation costs must be borne by the participants.