Yes, 74 performances and 14 years since the exciting première, the feel-good amateur musical comedy Below Stairs has established itself as a show that societies and audiences love. Indeed, the Utopian Operatic Society liked it so much they put it on in 2003 and again in 2007. And in 2014 the Riverside Players, whose 2004 production was the show’s fourth, staged it again in Old Windsor from 25 to 28 June 2014, a century from the date of its setting. In short, it’s moreish, as evidenced by the Isle of Wight resident who went to see eight of the ten performances put on by the Apollo Players! The latest society to choose this feel-good show is GEMS, the Gravesend Entertainment and Musical Society who begin rehearsals in May and open on 10 November 2016.
The simple, believable story is set in Edwardian London at the outbreak of WW1 and backed by a varied melodic score that writer/actor Simon Williams (of Upstairs, Downstairs) describes as fabulous. Plus the meatiest female leading role since Eliza in My Fair Lady.
Browse now to learn what’s involved, and listen to some of the tracks of this toe-tapping show. And if you do go ahead, you’ll be helping to promote a feel-good musical that ultimately benefits us all.
The past 15 productions have raised over £7500 for Cancer Research UK.