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SHOWS RESCHEDULED

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In an effort to give some clarity and certainty to our audiences and members alike during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are rescheduling our planned productions now, rather than waiting for government announcements regarding the lifting of restrictions. Our forthcoming production dates will now be ...

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We are saddened by the recent passing of Davina (Dee) Jones. Davina was a member of BOST for many years and was a talented performer and good friend. She first joined in 1979, fresh out of University, for our production of The Sound of Music. ...

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West End Masterclass series launched

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Theatre fans given the chance to join exclusive online events with West End stars We have launched a series of special West End Masterclasses, which will be held throughout the year, with a different West End star taking part each time. Exclusive to BOST’s membership base, ...

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“WHITE CHRISTMAS” CAST.

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We are delighted to announce a great cast for our Empire show this Christmas.

The line-up will be led by Tony Prince playing Bob Wallace, the role made famous by Bing Crosby in the movie.  Tony has played many parts for us, including royalty, as Prince Edward (The Slipper & The Rose,) professional gambler, Sky Masterson (Guys & Dolls) and the loveable rascal Fagin (Oliver!)

He will be ably partnered by Chris Simmons as Phil Davis, played by Danny Kaye in the said same film.  BOST audiences will know Chris from his recent portrayal of both Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in our spring production at the Floral Pavilion and from many other of our shows, such as The Full Monty’s mover Jerry Lukowski  and the humanised candlestick Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty & The Beast.

Gina Phillips has won the part of Betty Haynes (sung and danced by Rosemary Clooney in the movie.)  Gina too is no stranger to the BOST stage, having played numerous characters including the well-to-do debutante Hope Harcourt (Anything Goes,) a caring Nancy (Oliver!) and emotional mum Alice Parker in the wartime-set show, When The Lights Go On Again.

Younger sister, Judy Haynes, will be brought to life by Linzi Stefanov, another regular BOST principal player.  Among past roles Linzi has played for us are the feisty Polly Baker (Crazy For You,) Mary Magdalene (Jesus Christ Superstar) and the unfortunate Lucy Harris in Jekyll & Hyde~The Musical, who fell for the doctor’s charms but was pursued and killed by his evil counterpart.

General Waverley will be played by Frank Nance, following previous BOST roles such as the understanding Arvide Abernathy (Guys & Dolls) and the aristocratic Sir Danvers Carew in Jekyll & Hyde.

Pat Davies will be his house-keeper, Martha Watson.  Pat has been a BOST leading lady for some years, playing, to name but a few roles, lively Nellie Forbush (South Pacific,) the ditsy Fairy Godmother in The Slipper & The Rose and, twice,  Miss Hannigan, the drunkard in charge of the orphanage in Annie .

The following experienced performers will be filling further roles:

 Les Hampson              Ralph Sheldrake, a TV executive

  Jessica Walters           Rita, a leading chorus girl

  Elizabeth Beattie       Rhoda, the other leading chorus girl

Carl Loughlin              Mike, stage manager

 

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