Tarantara! Tarantara!

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Cast & Creative

Cast List

Character Actor
W S Gilbert Stephen Taylor
Sir Arthur Sullivan William Brooks
Richard D'Oyly Carte Martin Elliff
Mr George Grossmith Gavin Morgan
Stage Hand Bernard Messenger

Creative Team

Role Name
Director Clare Henderson-Roe
Choreographer Stephanie Smith

Reviews & Awards

Helen Taylor - Richmond & Twickenham Times

October 1998

Rather smaller in scale than their annual show, Barnes and Richmond Operatic Society last week presented Tarantara! Tarantara! in the Studio Theatre at Parkshot.

The story was of the collaboration between W S Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan and Richard D’Oyly Carte. The idea was to show the eternal triangle between them and how such a successful association was ultimately self-destructive.

The staging was clever – three separate and yet rather fine desks were set at points around the auditorium. The principals W S Gilbert (Stephen Taylor), Sir Arthur Sullivan (William Brooks) and Richard D’Oyly Carte (Martin Elliff) were excellent in their characters and also when they were required to join in with some of the operatic enactments that went on.

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George Allan Middlesex Chronicle

October 1998 – Showstopping

The collaboration between W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, sparked by the impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte has become the stuff of legend and has many of the attributes of one of their own comic operas.

Ian Taylor’s Tarantara! Tarantara! uses extracts from those perennial favourites to flesh out the story as well as to comment on it, giving a company a heaven-sent opportunity to get their teeth into some of the lesser-known numbers as well as the tried and true.

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Show Date: October 1998

Venue: Parkshot Studio

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