Sutton Theatre Company is an amateur theatrical company established in 1983. We present two musical shows every spring and autumn at venues in the local area.
The Company has a membership of around 50 people from various backgrounds who come together to sing, act, dance and generally have a good time.
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Book and Lyrics by Ron Pember and Denis de Marne
Music by Ron Pember
Be prepared to laugh or cry as you are transported back in time to the streets of Whitechapel in 'Jack the Ripper' the musical!
Jack the Ripper is a lively and comical musical reconstruction of incidents which took place in the East End of London in 1888.
As one by one whores in the East End of London are murdered, there’s a growing sense of mystery and suspicion and fate of who will be next. With terror lurking on every corner and each passing night could be your last, the only relief for the working class is a night down at the Victorian music hall. There everyone enjoys a good cockney knees up, singing, dancing and performing satirical sketches which poke fun at their own dire situation and at the establishment.
With bumbling police investigating the murders and even Queen Victoria getting involved, will you truly know who it is lurking behind you?
May 2016 at The Epsom Playhouse
Book and lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle
From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Sutton Theatre Company's production stays true to the original concept and vibe of the show. Unfortunately, due to a nightmare with the trains, I missed some of the first half, but I soon got into the swing of things along with the rest of a chortling, highly enthusiastic audience. The set and the costumes were glorious, and aside from a couple of sticky moments with either a lighting or an offstage costume malfunction, scene changes were quick and slick.
The action is held together by King Arthur, played by Jon Oddy, who had a beautiful, deep, rich voice and his faithful sidekick Patsy, played by a wonderfully hangdog James Tingey. The two worked well together and penultimate number "I'm All Alone" was hilarious, as well as in the ever popular "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life", which had the audience swaying from side to side almost from the first note.
One of the great things about Spamalot for an amateur society is the opportunity for chorus members to shine in a number of cameos. Theseare numerous, but my particular favourites of these was the Knights That Say Ni, and kudos to Lizi Ball for her work on the stilts! I loved the minstrels, with their dainty leaping and wide, fixed smiles as they told the tale of "Brave Sir Robin", who it turns out was not so brave and in fact "shat himself and ran away". Steve Watkins performance as a highly effeminate Prince Herbert was also very enjoyable.
Spamalot is stuffed with upbeat numbers that the whole cast can get involved with. The gloriously camp "His Name is Lancelot", complete with characters from the Village People and ruffled shirts was a definite highlight and huge amounts of fun.
However, stand out performance for me was Cat Curtis as Lady of The Lake. Her over the top performance and powerful voice were perfect, and she threw herself into the part with relish, clearly enjoying herself enormously.
reviewer: Sarah Falcus (Sardines review)