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Sweeney Todd Auditions


We will be holding Open Auditions on Sunday 17th June, starting at 11am, with Recalls if required on Sunday 1st July, 11am start. Auditions will be held at BOST HQ ~ 24A Clifton Road, Birkenhead, CH41 2SG Audition passages will be available in March ~ ...

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My Fair Lady tickets are selling fast!


‘My Fair Lady’ is selling out quickly! Tickets for the 3pm performance of our staged concert ‘My Fair Lady’ are selling really well and there are only single seats left! There is better availability for our evening performance (7:30pm), so book now to avoid disappointment. ...

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Upcoming production – Sweeney Todd!


We are excited to announce that our next major production will be “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street“. “Sweeney Todd” has won many awards over the years: • 8 Tony awards on Broadway, including Best Musical. • Olivier awards on the West End ...

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Elsie Kelly

Elsie has been the permanent Director of BOST since 1973. She was for many years Head of Theatre Studies at the Elliott-Clarke College, and was a lecturer on the Edge Hill Theatre and Media course. Elsie is Merseyside’s most experienced Director of musicals, with more than eighty to her credit – many at the Liverpool Empire. She has also directed professional pantomimes at the Empire, Neptune, Floral Pavilion and Theatre Royal, St Helens – starring such artists as Les Dawson, Windsor Davis, Melvyn Hayes and Norman Vaughan.

As an actress Elsie has appeared many times on television, first coming to prominence as Mrs. Tardebigge in the original “Crossroads”. She appeared in all three series of “The Famous Five” as the Housekeeper, and in “Ghosthunters”, “Animal Ark”, “Hearts and Minds”, “Bread” and “Boys from the Blackstuff”. She was also a leading character in all three series of “Harry and the Wrinklies”. On film Elsie played Julie Walters’ Sister-in-Law in “Intimate Relations” and the Grandmother of Jason Isaacs and Nick Moran in “Brotherly Love”. In recent years, Elsie has become best known for playing Johnny Vegas’s mother, Noreen Maltby, in the hugely successful ITV series “Benidorm”. The last few years have been incredibly busy for Elsie; as well as continuing to direct BOST’s major productions, she has appeared in “Skins”, “The Peter Serafinowicz Christmas Show”, the BBC2 play “Occupation 2”, and in the feature film “Late Bloomers”, starring William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini. Most recently she has returned to our TV screens as Noreen in the fifth series of “Benidorm”.


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