Laughter and tears from Mikado anniversary show

Mikado, LBCT
Mikado, LBCT

Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre Youth Section and Advance Theatre Company are joining together to present the Gilbert and Sullivan favourite The Mikado to celebrate the 130th anniversary of its first performance on March 14, 1885.

This colourful adaption by director Sally Allsopp and musical director David Allsopp promises laughter, tears and great fun – and is part of Leighton’s ongoing Oxjam Festival in aid of Oxfam.

John Wearmouth, Oxjam 2015

John Wearmouth, Oxjam 2015

The familiar characters bring the story alive. Ko-Ko will be there, ‘He’s Got A Little List’, and Pooh Bah ‘Who Is So Proud’ of course ‘The Three Little Maids from School”, and more.

True to the original but with a youthful perspective this production will celebrate the genius of Gilbert and Sullivan with song, dance, colour and joy.

Performances are on Friday, March 13 (7pm) and Saturday, March 14 (2pm and 7pm) at Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre.

Tickets are available from https://centralbedfordshire.ticketsolve.com/shows/873524853/events or by calling 0300 300 8125, and are £6/£5.

The 38s, Oxjam 2015

The 38s, Oxjam 2015

LBCT is a community group run entirely by volunteers many with professional experience in acting, drama, classical music, dance etc who have raised over £60,000 for local, national and international charities over the last 19 years.

In December, the group’s combined total raised for Macmillan Cancer Support from the Christmas events was £1,670.

Their youth section is made up of over 30 teenagers (14-18) from Leighton Buzzard and surrounding areas. It meets on Tuesday evenings and is for young people who love the theatre and everything about it.

They perform at least one full-length musical-theatre production each year as well as taking part in a variety of other events.

Advance Theatre Company is a company based in Bedfordshire looking for mature members (aged 16 and over) that will appeal to the amateur seeking confidence and fun, the semi-professional looking to widen their horizons and the professional looking to become a part of something new, innovative and exciting.

Advance Theatre Company is available for functions etc to provide One Night at the Musicals and Memories are Made of This. Contact sally@lbct.org if you are interested in booking. For more details see www.lbct.org

> Leighton Buzzard’s High Street is the scene for this weekend’s Oxjam Open Air event – six hours of live music staged at the Market Cross, from 10am to 4pm.

Among the featured acts are Oxjam favourites Chasm, Chylde Owlet, Minnie Birch, The 38s, and Kisa Austin, as well as new faces Neil Stanton, Kebabshop Lollipop, and Louise Bailey with Matt Bedford. Volunteers will be collecting throughout the day with a view to boosting Oxjam funds.

If you’ve time to make a quick detour, head to All Saints Church at 1.30pm for an organ recital by John Wearmouth entitled Marches and Processions. Admission is free, with all donations to Oxjam gratefully received.

Other Oxjam events this week include big band entertainment from Woburn Jazz (formerly the Open Band) at the Conservative Club, on Friday, March 13 from 8pm; and on the same evening Retroflections at the Crown, North Street from 8pm.

On Saturday, March 14 there’s a choice of pub gigs, with jazz quartet CG3 at the Crown from 8.30pm, and The Situators just up the road at the Stag, also from 8.30pm.