From D’Oyly Carte to ducklings, G&S singers offer quacking fun

abbots langley G&S society production of honk, june 2013
abbots langley G&S society production of honk, june 2013
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Summer is traditionally a time when members of the Abbots Langley Gilbert & Sullivan Society stretch themselves with material outside the core G&S repertoire, and this year they may be ruffling a few feathers with their choice.

Honk! is an upbeat adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s familiar tale of the Ugly Duckling.

The show, to be staged at the Henderson Hall from next Wednesday, June 19 through to Sunday, June 23 with the Northchurch-based Hospice Of St Francis set to benefit, is a multi-award-winning musical with an appeal that spans generations. There are wonderful songs, jokes for grown-ups, jokes for kids, moments of comedy and moments of pathos.

Directorial team Julia Rufey and Philip Joslin, who called the shots at the society’s G&S production of Iolanthe in January last year, have been working hard with their talented cast to make the most of the material.

David Sutherland, Rob Milner, Emma Stratton and Russell Stratton lead a strong cast of experienced more mature members alongside a clutch of gifted ducklings, some of whom can point to an impressive list of credits despite their tender years – most notably Archie Stevens, who has recently completed a run playing Gavroche in the West End production of Les Misérables.

Tickets are £10 (concessions £7.50, matinées only) from 07502 426721 or