Nostalgic theatre visit for Roger and Rosemary

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A COUPLE who met through the University of Portsmouth Dramatic and Musical Society 47 years ago will be revisiting the city to see the company perform.

Roger and Rosemary Wild, who have been married for 42 years after they first fell in love when they became members of the society in 1964, will be watching a production of Yeomen of the Guard on March 3.

The couple, who now live near Fordingbridge, performed together in the same Gilbert and Sullivan opera in 1967.

Mrs Wild described how they fell in love over their shared passion for Gilbert and Sullivan.

She said: ‘We could talk Gilbert and Sullivan until it came out of our ears and nobody around us could do that.

‘In those days the society would go out to concerts and we bumped into each other – I sized him up and thought I’d better bump into him!’

She added: ‘The previous couple on the committee also married.

‘There was a bit of a joke about being on the committee and getting married.’

Colin Jagger, the society’s musical director, contacted the Wilds about the performance next month.

Mrs Wild said: ‘We said “good gosh we must go”. We were so chuffed to see it was still going.’

The Yeomen of the Guard is being performed by the University of Portsmouth Dramatic and Musical Society at the New Royal Theatre from March 2 until 5 at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee.

This is the first time the society has tackled the show in 32 years and Mr Jagger has used Sullivan’s autograph manuscript.