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Uplands Arts Gilbert and Sullivan Society


Uplands Arts next production

The Mikado

is on at

 Taliesin Arts Centre

26th September - 29th September 2012



Tickets 01792 - 581162

Uplands Arts Gilbert and Sullivan Society


The club started life in 1942 in Pantygwydr Church under the guiding hand of Rev. H.J. Flowers as the Brynmill and Uplands Youth Club, providing such activities as handicrafts, gym and drama.

The first show, "The Gondoliers" opened on 17th February 1943 and ran to enthusiastic applause for 4 nights, under the inspiration of the late Mrs. Reggie Morgan and Mr Jim Barlow.

In 1949 the annual production was moved to Llewellyn Hall, in the YMCA under the new name, Uplands Arts, where it remained, except for a brief stay in Bryn Road Scout HQ, for many years. The Patti Pavilion became the new, larger venue for 3 years before the society moved to its current home, the Taliesin Theatre, where the intimate atmosphere (around 320 seats, in 'amphitheatre' style) and excellent facilities suit G&S and Uplands Arts ideally.

Past society patrons have included Patrick Moore, OBE and the late Donald Adams, who, right up until his sad death, took an active role in supporting the society.

The society was very proud of one of our current and long serving members, Bronwen Evans, when at the 1998 Buxton International G&S festival she was given the award for 'Best Female Performance of the Festival', for her portrayal of Rose Maybud in the festival production of Ruddigore. Then at the Y2K festival, she eclipsed this achievement by not only winning the same award again, but also winning the 'Best Female Voice of the Festival' for the same performance, the first time this has ever been done.

Former members of Uplands Arts who have performed in the West End include' Lee David Bowen and Claire Louise Hammacott. Other professional ex-members include Michael Gunney, who has toured with the English National Opera, and Laura Rogers, who appeared recently on TV with Pete Postlethwaite in 'The Sins'. And appeared in series 7 of “Bad Girls” as Sheena Williams

Previous Productions


1943 - The Gondoliers


1966 - The Sorcerer

1989 - Iolanthe

1944 - The Mikado/ Trial By Jury

1967 -The Mikado

1990 - Ruddigore

1945 - The Pirates of Penzance

1968 - Princess Ida

1991 - HMS Pinafore/Trial By Jury 

1946 - The Yeoman of the Guard

1969 - The Gondoliers

1992 - The Gondoliers

1947 - Princess Ida

1970 - Ruddigore

1993 - Patience

1948 - The Gondoliers

1971 - Iolanthe

1994 - The Yeoman of the Guard

1949 - HMS Pinafore 

1972 -The Pirates of Penzance

1995 - The Mikado

1950 - The Mikado

1973 - The Sorcerer

1996 - The Sorcerer

1951 - The Yeoman of The Guard

1974 - The Mikado

1997 - The Pirates of Penzance

1952 - Iolanthe

1975 - The Yeoman of The Guard

1998 - Princess Ida

1953 - The Gondoliers

1976 - The Gondoliers

1999 - Iolanthe

1954 - The Mikado

1977 - Patience

2000 - Utopia Limited

1955 - Patience

1978 - HMS Pinafore/Trial By Jury 

2001 - HMS Pinafore/Trial By Jury 

1956 - The Pirates Of Penzance/Trial By Jury

1979 - Iolanthe

2002 - Ruddigore

1957 - Iolanthe

1980 - Princess Ida

2003 - The Gondoliers

1958 - The Yeoman of The Guard

1981 - The Pirates of Penzance

2004 - The Yeoman of the Guard

1959 - The Gondoliers

1982 - The Mikado

2005 - The Mikado

1960 - The Mikado

1983 - Ruddigore

2006 - The Grand Duke

1961 - Princess Ida

1984 - The Gondoliers

2007 - The Pirates of Penzance

1962 - Ruddigore

1985 - The Yeoman of The Guard

2008 - Iolanthe

1963 - HMS Pinafore/Trial By Jury 

1986 - The Sorcerer

2009 - Patience

1964 - Iolanthe

1987 - The Mikado

2010 - The Gondoliers

1965 - The Yeoman of The Guard

1988 - The Pirates of Penzance

2011 - HMS Pinafore/Trial By Jury



2012 - The Mikado