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Gilbert and Sullivan

Image shows the cast and crew of Ruddigore (2019) posing on the Debating Hall stage following their January production of the show.


We are UoB's award-winning inclusive light opera society; the home of people who love to put on quirky shows with their friends! Between our non-auditioned chorus and orchestra, and our auditioned principal roles, there will always be a place for you in one of our shows, no matter your previous experience. In the coming term we're absolutely thrilled to be working on a completely non-auditioned showcase and the absolute banger that is Pirates of Penzance

This year iImage shows a scene from Princess Ida (2020)s special and, all being well, we’ll be back in the rehearsal room for the first time since March 2020. We’ll be staging two full shows, in February and May, as well as a December gala concert with external performances. In August, we’re hoping to take a show to the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, where we have previously come home with numerous awards including Best Production and Best Director (Ruddigore, 2019). In addition to our musical activities, we also run various socials throughout the year, including quizzes, picnics, karaoke nights and concert trips.

In a bit of a change to the normal procedure, our December concert will be entirely non-auditioned. To take part, grab your membership and drop us a line ( or come along to our workshop rehearsals on a Thursday night. Our musical coordinator - Beth - will be running these in a friendly workshop format, giving constructive feedback and helping everyone along with their performances. Alongside this, we’re absolutely thrilled to be presenting the wonderful Pirates of Penzance in February 2022, with rehearsals on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. 

Key Dates:

  • Tues 21st September - Guild Musical Theatre Societies on Mermaid Square - 2pm.
  • Wed 22nd September - G&S at Freshers Fair 2021 - 11am - 4pm.
  • Tues 28th September - G&S Workshop - 5-6:30pm - Rosa Parks
  • Thurs 30th September - Auditions for Pirates of Penzance - 5-8pm - Harvey Milk
  • Sat 2nd October - Auditions for Pirates of Penzance - 1pm-5pm - Roomy McRoomface
  • Thurs 7th October - Gala Concert first rehearsal - 5-7pm - Basement Rehearsal Space
  • Sat 9th October - Pirates of Penzance first rehearsal - 11am - 3pm - Basement Rehearsal Space

Show Dates:

  • Gala Concert - 2nd, 10th and 11th December 2021
  • Pirates of Penzance - 3rd to 6th February 2022

Image shows two members of our orchestra playing for Yeoman of the Guard (2019)Remember, you don’t need to audition to be in the chorus for Pirates of Penzance or to be in our December Showcase! And don’t worry if you don’t know your way round the Guild, we’ll have committee members around to guide you!

Your 2021/22 Committee! 

  • President - Ben Siebertz 
  • Secretary - Em Sampson
  • Treasurer - Eddie Thomas 
  • Musical Coordinator - Beth Lewin

Your Pirates of Penzance Production Team!

  • Co-Musical Directors - Mylan Richmond and Patrick Sharman
  • Director - Eddie Thomas
  • Assistant Director and Producer - Emm Moore

The following positions are still available for the 21/22 Committee:

  • Social Media Officer (Press and Publicity)
  • Social Secretary

Find us @UBGnS on Instagram and Facebook for more info on upcoming shows, auditions and to see what we’ve been up to!
Image shows our MD for Princess Ida (2020) conducting in front of a lit, yellow backdrop



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