A beastly thank you
What a week! And a record breaking week at that.
We broke box office records with the number of people who came to see the show. We broke front of house records with the largest number of programmes, raffle tickets, drinks and sweets sold at any Cygnet show to date. And we also broke our cast and backstage team with our longest ever get out after the Saturday night show!
But, it was worth it. We had an amazing week, with fabulous feedback from our audiences.
So, THANK YOU. Thank you to every single person who contributed to making Beauty and the Beast the show it was. From the cast on stage, production team, backstage crew, and costume/props teams, to the front of house helpers and Cygnets committee, it was a huge team effort. But, most of all, thank you to YOU, our audiences. If it wasn't for you, we wouldn't be able to keep doing what we love - putting on shows.
Having kicked off our 2014 with a bang, we now look forward to our next two shows: Fawlty Towers in April, and Avenue Q in June. We hope to see you there!
(PS - the box office for Fawlty Towers is already open, if you want to get in early and book your tickets!)
Drowsy goes to Edinburgh!
2014 really is the year of excitement for Cygnet Players - as well as a year of firsts. Not only is it the first year we're putting on four new shows, it's also the first time that WE'RE GOING TO THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL!
Yes, that's right - after seventeen years of Cygnets in south west London, we're branching out. To Scotland. With The Drowsy Chaperone. And we cannot wait!
We'll be performing from Tuesday 12th to Sunday 17th August at Paradise in Augustine's, in a mid-afternoon slot.
We're just finalising all the details, and will provide an update as soon as we know more. But we wanted to let everyone know sooner rather than later, as we're thrilled to have this opportunity to take one of our most successful shows to date to a brand new audience.
So, if you fancy a trip to the most famous theatre festival in the world to watch the show, pop the dates in your diary now and see you in Edinburgh!
Our Fawlty Towers cast
We're very pleased to announce the full and final cast for our next show, Fawlty Towers. As you can see, it includes lots of familiar Cygnet faces, alongside some great new talent - the perfect combination!
Pop the show dates in your diary now - Wednesday 30th April to Saturday 3rd May - and be sure to come along and see the three great episodes on stage: A Touch of Class, The Builders, and The Hotel Inspectors.
Basil - Humphrey Waterhouse
Sybil - Alison Walters
Polly - Zoe Dobell
Manuel - Oliver Walters
Major Gowen - Alan Patient
Miss Tibbs - Amy Cook
Miss Gatsby - Rachael McDougall
Lord Melbury - Charlie Richards
Danny Brown - Russell Townley
Newspaper Boy/Mr MacKenzie - Alexander Hall
O'Reilly - Rob Malone
Hutchinson - Jon Bradley
Walt - Aimee Parnell
Mr Watson/Brian (Hotel inspector)/Lurphy - Michael Haynes
Mrs MacKenzie/Bennion - Emma Tucker
Mr Wareing/John (Hotel inspector) - Cedric Longange
Stubbs - Gavin Murphy
Online booking is already open, so why not get those ticket orders in early so you don't miss out? See you there!
Hairspray: our first show of 2016
We're incredibly excited and very proud to announce that our first show in 2016 is going to be the multi-award-winning Broadway and West End musical, HAIRSPRAY! And we're thrilled to be one of the first amateur companies in the UK to be granted a licence to perform this show!
Performing at the London Oratory School Theatre in February 2016, this will be a wonderfully feelgood show for cast and audience, packed full of brilliant tunes and fantastic characters.
In Hairspray, it’s 1962, the ’50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion – to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, ‘The Corny Collins Show’ and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can an unlikely trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the programme’s reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her ‘do? Only in Hairspray!
Welcome to the '60s everyone... You Can't Stop the Beat, because Good Morning, Baltimore, here we come!
Calendar of Events
Sat 16th March
Time to flex those intellectual muscles in the first quiz of 2014 - always a popular Cygnet event.
Sunday 13th April
Cygnets go a-rambling
Dust off those winter cobwebs with a walk in the countryside & pub lunch
Wed 23rd to Sat 26th April
Join us for this iconic comedy on stage at St Barnabas Church, Southfields
Sunday 8th June
Cygnets Treasure Hunt
Cryptic clues, cars, maps, photos, and ultimately, treasure! This popular day out returns!
Tue 24th to Sat 28th June
Welcome to most famous street in town! Join us at the Arthur Cotterell Theatre in Kingston for one of the first amateur productions of this great show.
Wed 24th - Sat 27th Sep
Join us for Jason Robert Brown's emotional masterpiece
'I have to say at this point that this production is one of the best non-professional I have ever seen! Finding fault was very nigh on impossible as the cast were of a very high standard and to give nothing away, provided us with a lead performance that was pure excellence.'
'It has become a regular thing to say that Cygnet Players' productions are of a very high standard - and this was too. Cygnet Players [..] achieved the ultimate - a runaway success and sublime production.'
'The extremely talented Stuart Burrows created a very stylish piece as Director. Matt Ramplin had the ensemble in fine voice [and] I particularly enjoyed Nicole Rush’s quirky choreography.'
'A huge success was the vocals, as a cast there was some spectacular singing which really got the audience rocking, in particular Holding Out for a Hero, Let's Hear It for the Boy and of course Footloose.'
'Congratulations to Olly Medlicott for directing such a tight production. His experienced cast were on top form. Olly created an atmosphere which had Wilde’s taste for extravagance but was well within the bounds of good taste.'
London Area 3
'...the rendition of 'Sit down, you're rocking the boat' which was definitely to professional standard.'
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