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The Cast

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Soldiers, Courtiers, Girl Graduates and Daughters of the Plough


The Principals (see portraits)

Souvenir Programme

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NODA report


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Author Sally Holmes


Awarded second place in the NODA poster competition 2015!


King Hildebrand

Donald Stephenson



Gordon Fawcett



David Parker



Roz Ebbetts


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King Gama

David Macdonald



John Carter



David Nield



Catherine Culligan


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Colin Belsey


Lady Blanche

Val Green



Peter Haken



Julie Robinson


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Jane Fawcett

Princesss Ida

Rachel Warren

Lady Psyche

Brittany Rachin

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The Chorus


Wendy Belsey


Helen Johnson


Madeleine Johnson


Gwen Nuttall



Carrie Brown


Charlotte Brown


Dot Haken


Liz Kelley


Sam Westwood



Jim Coleman


Martin Johnson


Daniel Stanford




Graham Woods


Publicity photos

Publicity photos

Shot on location courtesy of the Ripley Castle Estate


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Dress rehearsal photos

Dress rehearsal photos

Photos courtesy of Serenity Studios


NODA report


Princess Ida, one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s less performed operas, was new to me but I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to see this first-rate show by Harrogate G&S Society. The show was lively, moving along at a good pace with plenty of humour. The singing and acting were of an extremely high standard. There were some superb solo performances, most notably from Donald Stephenson as King Hildebrand – his diction was excellent at all times, Rachel Warren as Princess Ida – her singing was absolutely beautiful and I particularly liked Valerie Greens portrayal of Lady Blanche. There were also superb supporting roles from Brittany Rachin as Lady Psyche and Jane Fawcett as Melissa. I loved the humour from the three “friends” Colin Belsey as Hilarion, Gordon Fawcett as Cyril and John Carter as Florian.


Chorus work was superb and the diction of the cast was of an extremely high standard – not easily achieved in G & S especially. For me, this made the production so much easier to follow. The costumes by Mary Glaze and Elizabeth Stagewear were spectacular and complimented the scenery, by Paul Lazell, which was very striking.


The orchestra, under the baton of Oliver Longstaff, was excellent and they played sympathetically without drowning out the cast on stage. All of the singing was beautiful and could be heard with such clarity – they had obviously been well drilled in their singing by their chorus master Nicholas Whitaker.


Congratulations must go to Alistair Donkin (Director) on this superb production, and I look forward to seeing Pirates of Penzance in 2016!'


Sally Holmes

22 May 2015



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