Happy birthday, Wolverton G&S

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Forty years down and Wolverton Gilbert & Sullivan Society are still going strong, writes Sammy Jones.

Arnold Jones, at the time musical director and conductor of the Wolverton Light Orchestra, set up the society in 1974.

The first performance was HMS Pinafore, in May of 1975.

This week, they celebrate four decades of on stage merriment with a Sullivan double bill by revisiting HMS Pinafore, and The Zoo.

The Zoo is a farcical tale concerning two pairs of lovers – a nobleman who eats himself stupid to woo the girl who runs the refreshments at the local zoo, and a young chemist who believes he has poisoned his beloved!

Meanwhile, on the quarterdeck of H.M.S. Pinafore, Captain Corcoran and his crew await the coming of Sir Joseph Porter, who is going to inspect the ship and marry the Captain’s daughter, Josephine; but she plans to elope.

As regular G&S devotees will know, it’s a plot with a twist..

Performances begin on Tuesday, and run through to Saturday.

Tickets are £16 (students and senior concessions are available) and the curtain rises at 7.30pm nightly.

Book you seat for the Stantonbury Campus extravaganza by calling 01908 262250 or go online www.1stnight.co.uk/boxoffice.php