‘You put your stamp on it’

The costumes have arrived ' Jennie Sharland, Lewis Wilmot & Nicola Matthews.
The costumes have arrived ' Jennie Sharland, Lewis Wilmot & Nicola Matthews.
Tom Chambers as Bobby in Crazy For You. Picture by Richard Davenport

REVIEW: Crazy For You, at Mayflower Theatre in Southampton

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Next week, Fareham Musical Society will be performing a Gilbert and Sullivan musical for the first time in its 30-year history. At Ferneham Hall, Fareham, from Wednesday until Saturday the group will put on The Mikado.

‘It’s good to show versatility,’ says chairman Graeme Clements.

‘We have tried to stick to the traditional show, but you can’t help putting your stamp on it. We have lots of new members in lead roles in this production, so it really will give our faithful audiences something new.’

Nanki-Poo, the son of the royal mikado, arrives in Titipu disguised as a peasant and looking for Yum-Yum. Without explaining who he is, Nanki-Poo tells people that several months before he had fallen in love with Yum-Yum, but she was already betrothed to Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor.

Now he’s discovered that Ko-Ko has been condemned to death for flirting, and Nanki-Poo has arrived to discover his true love.

On September 30, the society will be involved in the Opera Comique Gilbert and Sullivan Festival at The Berry Theatre, Hedge End.

Graeme adds: ‘We are honoured to be chosen to open the first festival.’

Tickets: £11.50 to £14, or £45 for a family, from Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on 01329 231942 or go to fernehamhall.co.uk.