The Gondoliers – intro meeting & auditions

“Then away we go to an island fair!”
(Well, to beautiful rural Lincolnshire)

This year the New London Opera Group returns to its home-from-home with a new production of that most joyous of the Savoy Operas, The Gondoliers, first performed in 1889 and a triumphant success from the outset. The group will play a three night run of The Gondoliers at the Louth Riverhead Theatre in Lincolnshire on Thursday-Saturday, 25-27 June. This new production will be directed by Chris Cann, with musical direction by Alex Carpenter.

The Gondoliers is a big show, with a large number of principal and solo roles, lots of chorus action, including several set-piece dance numbers, and elaborate sets and costumes, including a moving gondola. For this production we hope to field a large company and all are very welcome to take part, be it on stage, backstage, or in the orchestra pit. For those who have not experienced a Louth tour previously, the company are required to stay in Louth for four nights (Wednesday to Saturday), though a number of willing helpers do come up earlier to help build scenery, make costumes and focus lights. There’s a lot of hard work in the run-up to the show, but once we’ve opened, there’s also plenty of free time to relax or take part in the packed programme of organised fun, including beach trips, curry night and the legendary fancy-dress ceilidh on the Friday night.

If you’d like to be involved please come along to our intro evening at 7.00pm on Wednesday, 4 March where you can have a drink, meet other company members and the production team and hear more about the show and production and sing through a few of the brilliant chorus numbers. The intro evening will take place at Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington (next to the Royal Albert Hall).

Please email us at if you’d like to find out more.

We hope that you’ll want to take part in what promises to be wonderful production!

With best wishes
Chris & Alex