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Mayor thanks Basingstoke Amateur Opera Society for swashbuckling performance

News release 10143, published on 22 Mar 2022
The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Onnalee Cubitt has thanked the Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society for their hard work to put on their hugely successful performance of The Pirates of Penzance in support of her charities.

The show on Saturday 5 March at The Anvil, as part of the society's centenary celebrations, was enjoyed by an audience of over 600 people who sang, clapped and laughed their way through the performance raising money for BAOS and the Mayor’s Charity Appeal supporting The Community Furniture Project and The Friends of St Michael’s Hospice.

The society’s first production was a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore in February 1922 and, like many theatre groups in the early 20s, they performed mainly Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas. From the mid-60s these operettas alternated with other musicals and since 2000 the company has continued to encourage membership with musicals such as Hairspray, Made in Dagenham, Wind in the Willows and an upcoming production of Kinky Boots at the Haymarket.

Cllr Cubitt said “I really want to say an enormous thank you to everyone involved in the Pirates of Penzance performance from backstage crew through to the incredible performers and the brilliant Heritage Light Orchestra. Special thanks to Owen White who produced and directed the amazing performance and Neil Streeter who was the musical director."

“It is such an honour for us celebrate the society’s centenary at our spring concert. They put the show together in 12 weeks despite absences due to COVID-19 resulting in fewer rehearsals than normal. We have such incredible talent in Basingstoke and Deane. Please don’t miss their next production, Kinky Boots at The Haymarket from Wednesday 30 March to Saturday 2 April 2022.”

To find out more about Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society and their upcoming productions go to

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