amateur musical comedy Below Stairs

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Suffragette song hits London - February 2016

The rousing suffragette song from the show – Votes for women – has been chosen for inclusion in an evening concert organised by the New Musicals Network under the title Snappy Title: Making History on the evening of Sunday 21 February 2016 at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, London. For the first time, the Snappy Title series of concerts will intersperse new material (including several world premieres) with established, well-known songs from musicals such as Les Miserables and Cabaret. The cast will consist of hugely talented artists, all of whom have substantial TV, film and West End stage credits to their name.

Sixteenth production – November 2016

As announced above, the 16th production of Below Stairs is being staged by the Gravesend Entertainment and Musical Society and will open on 10 November in Gravesend.

Below Stairs advertising

Established in 1972, the Mikron Theatre Company has been presenting plays around the country by canal, river and road. For 2016, its printed programme of some 150 venues will include a half-page ad for Below Stairs. In this way we are hoping to catch the eye of theatre audiences who may not have heard of the show and who may have ties with local musical theatre groups. By the end of Mikron's season in the autumn we will know whether it has been a success.

Over £7500 raised for Cancer Research

The writers are delighted that the past 15 productions have raised over £7500 for Cancer Research UK, the sums ranging from £212 to £1500. These totals are, of course, helped by the fact that the show is entirely royalty-free and that both lib and score can be printed from the website free of charge.

Apollo Players win award 2010

Apollo Players award

The Apollo Players, who staged the show for ten well-attended performances that led to £1500 being raised for Cancer Research UK, were delighted to receive the County Press Isle of Wight Theatre Award for the Best Production in 2010. The award was received by director Michael Arnell.

BBC interview

Read the interview by Katy Lewis (no relation) with Alan Lewis on the BBC website.

“Below Stairs is in a class of its own... a splendidly entertaining musical production... Trevor Pilling and Alan Lewis have provided for Lucy's triumphant progress from rags to riches a wondrously woven tapestry peopled with believable characters, full of humour, human tenderness, and a number of very enjoyable songs.”

Euro Weekly News, 3–9 April 2003