Past Su News : June/July 2001

24 June : Su Is A Pirate

It can now be revealed that Su is to star in a major UK tour of Gilbert & Sullivan's classic tale of love on the high seas, Pirates Of Penzance. She will play the role of the pirate maid, Ruth, in this updated version which is presented by the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park following last summer's Olivier award nominated run.

Su will be joined on the tour by actor/singer Gary Wilmot who will be playing the Pirate King,  Su is very excited as this is a major departure for her having not done G & S before. The reviews of this wonderful production speak for themselves:

"From the moment the little pirate ship traverses the front of the stage, firing canons at the audience, this delightful rendition of Gilbert & Sullivan is a winner. "  FINANCIAL TIMES

"London is awash with musicals these days. Some have wit, some even have tunes, and several have legendary status. But for my money the only one I would want to see a second time was created 120 years ago by Arthur Sullivan and William Schwenck Gilbert - Ian Talbot's joyful production of the Pirates Of Penzance at the Open Air Theatre."  THE TIMES

"This is the souped-up Gilbert and Sullivan standard that wowed Broadway in 1980 and later came into Drury Lane. And even if Ian Talbot's production occassionally overpitches camp, it still works like a dream in Regent's Park and offers more fun than most of London's other musicals put together. Talbot's additions generally add to the sense of gaiety:  we get toy ships spouting cannon fire and water,  a pantomime song sheet and even Keystone Kops sporting extremely phallic rubber truncheons." THE GUARDIAN 

The production opens at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park for a two week season from 27th August - 8th September and will then go on a major national tour calling in at:

Churchill Theatre,  Bromley
Swan Theatre,  High Wycombe
Opera House,  Jersey
New Victoria Theatre,  Woking
Festival Theatre,  Chichester
Regent Theatre,  Stoke On Trent
Hexagon Theatre, Reading
Theatre Royal,  Glasgow
Theatre Royal,  Plymouth
Theatre Royal,  Brighton
Theatre On The Green,  Richmond,  Surrey
Haymarket Theatre,  Leicester
Milton Keynes Theatre

24 July : Su In 'Dick Whittington'
Su has announced that she will this year be slapping her thighs at the North Wales Theatre, Llandudno in Dick Whittington. Alongside Su will be Paul Danan alias "Sol Patrick" from Hollyoaks as the Captain's Mate. 

The run commences on 13th December 2001and goes through to 6th January 2002. Su is one of the top panto stars in the country so if you haven't seen her give her principal boy in this most British of theatrical traditions then pop along to the North Wales Theatre this Christmas for a festive treat. 

Box Office:  01492 872000

15 June : Hi De Hi! Videos
Two boxed video sets of Hi De Hi! episodes have become available recently. The title of the sets are 'No Dogs Allowed', an episode from series one, and 'Hey Diddle Diddle Who's On The Fiddle', an episode from series six. The tapes are in the NTSC format and cost approx 26 each.

The boxed sets are available through the US Amazon website. Many people ask where they can get hold of Hi De Hi! episodes so this is an ideal opprtunity to own some classic comedy. They are certain to sell fast so be quick if you would like to own these.

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