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Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria

The Musical Comedy which helped win World War I

Australian born, OSCAR ASCHE, created a sensation when he wrote CHU CHIN CHOW. With music by Frederic Norton, it opened at His Majesty’s Theatre, London, on 31st August 1916 and ran for five years and a total of 2,238 performances (more than twice as many as any previous musical), an astonishing record that stood until the 1950’s.

Based (with minor embellishments) on the story of ALI BABA AND THE 40 THIEVES, it became an important addition to boosting the morale at home in England during World War I. Especially, for the many troops on leave from the front, it became a “must see” show.

Some background videos about Chu Chin Chow.

A promo video featuring sections of the 1934 film, or
this video with highlights from the soundtrack, or
this longer video of music highlights.

Also this AustLit weblink, catalogues a great deal of background and past productions.

Not seen in Melbourne for over half a century, GSOV is presenting CHU CHIN CHOW in the centennial year of its first production, 2016, as a musical within a play. Written by MELVYN MORROW, and directed and choreographed by ROBERT RAY, the new version sees great fun in Oscar Asche, selling his musical to the management of J.C. Williamson’s. He describes the action with great flair and panache, and takes part himself. Out of his imaginative descriptions, real singers and dancers emerge, and act out scenes and songs from the musical.

As Oscar Asche was born in Geelong, our show will open in GEELONG PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE in July 2016. We have been generously supported in this with assistance from the Geelong Arts & Culture Department. This will mark GSOV’s first appearance in Victoria’s second city, despite playing in much of regional Victoria and Melbourne in its 80 years of performing.

Adult - $42
Concession - $35
Student - $28
Child under 16 - $20
Group of 10+ - $33 each
Adult + 1 child free at matinees only - $42


** Early Bird Prices until 30/6 **
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Adult - $36
Concession - $31
Student - $24
Child under 16 - $16


CHU CHIN CHOW - 100th ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE

GEELONG - GPAC Drama Theatre

Saturday 23rd July (Matinee and Evening)
Sunday 24th July (Matinee)

The GPAC Box office phone number is (03)5225 1200
GPAC tickets Purchase Online HERE.

MELBOURNE - Phoenix Theatre, Elwood

Thursday 28th July
Friday 29th July
Saturday 30th July (Matinee and Evening)
Sunday 31st July (Matinee)

Melbourne Tickets on sale: Purchase Phoenix Theatre Tickets HERE.

CAST
Chu Chin Chow
Oscar Asche as ABU HASAN KENT MARTIN
Cecil Humphreys as KASIM BABA RON PIDCOCK
Wensley Russell as ALI BABA RON MACK
Herbert Brown as NUR-AL-HUDA ALI TORQUIL SYME
George Ide as ABDULLAH FRANCIS SMITH
Mason Wood as BABA MUSTAFA ALAN BROWN
Arthur Styan as CHU CHIN CHOW/ABU HASAN ANDREW McGRAIL
Eardley Turner as MUKBIL GIANFRANCO FILONZI
Pearl Ladd as ALCOLOM JESSICA LESLEY HARRIS
Jessie Page as MAHBUBAH SUSAN MARSHALL
Kitty Reidy as MARJANAH ELLA BROOME
Sarah Doran as ZAHRAT AL-KULUB SUMMER BOWEN
ROBBERS
DAVID VELLELY, LARRY DALTON, CHRIS McINNIS, LOU MONTERET, GIANFRANCO FILONZI, ANDREW McGRAIL, DAVID GERARD, CORNELIO DE PAOLA
HAREM GIRLS
LAUREN STANNARD, GEORGIA VELLELLY, MEREDITH WEI, MICHELLE CARLI, JASMINE AHWAH
RICH MERCHANT WIVES
ROBYN PIDCOCK, ELIZABETH BARRY, ELIZABETH McREA, JACQUI MALONEY

 

Season: 2016

In 2016, after a packed season of events to commemorate our 80th Anniversary, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria will return to a more traditional year of productions and social events.

We are excited to continue offering Business Sponsorship and Premium Membership packages as part of our push to keep the Gilbert and Sullivan Society strong for at least another 80 years. Your support is needed.

Download our Premium Membership pdf Brochure

Download our Business Sponsorship pdf Brochure



Calendar of events:



*February 29: A social event to celebrate Frederick’s birthday.
With 2016 being a leap year, it is an ideal opportunity to celebrate the birthday of one of our favourite characters from The Pirates of Penzance.

*April 21-23: The Gondoliers
Directed by Adrian Glaubert, Musical Direction by Timothy Wilson, and with choreography by Sarah Cossey, roll up to this vibrant new production at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, Preston.

*July:23rd-24th Chu Chin Chow in GEELONG at GPAC Drama Theatre
*July:28th-31st Chu Chin Chow in MELBOURNE at Phoenix Theatre, Elwood
Directed for GSOV by Robert Ray, Chu Chin Chow was origianlly written, produced and directed by Oscar Asche, and will be presented as a special 100th anniversary performance in the composer’s home town, Geelong. The script has recently been modified and updated by Melvyn Morrow.

*October 2nd: Gala Concert – a "Gilbert & Sullivan Utopia”
With music directed by John Ferguson, Head of Music at Scotch College, Hawthorn, come along to Ian Roach Hall, Scotch College, to witness a classical G&S programme performed by some of the GSOV finest celebrity performers from the past and present. Apart from many popular G&S favourites, it is proposed to present excerpts from Gilbert & Sullivan’s lesser performed Utopia Limited, featuring the famous unaccompanied chorus “Eagle High”.

*December: Family BBQ and Christmas Party
The best way to close out the year in the traditional manner.


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Further details will be revealed on this site closer to each event.

 

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