Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society

Me & My Girl (May 2012)

Director - Robin Taylor

MD - Posy Walton

Choreographer - Carol Beatty

It's England, 1937, and Hareford Hall needs an heir. Enter Bill Snibson - a barrow boy, a heartbreaker, a rogue - the long lost son of the late Earl of Hareford! 

This joyful show is brimming with classic songs including The Sun Has Got His Hat On, Leaning on a Lamppost and The Lambeth Walk. Me and My Girl is an exhilarating celebration of life, love and happiness.

It still holds the record as the most performed musical comedy in the history of West End theatre. In 1985 it won the Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Musical and Best Performer in a Musical (Robert Lindsay). In 1993 the amateur license was released to Samuel French where it became the most performed amateur musical ever with over 100 productions in one year. 

We've had a good luck messages from local boy, Stephen Fry, who rewrote the words for the modern stage production and the original London and Broadway "Bill", Robert Lindsay. All the cast have been working hard to ensure we have a fabulous feelgood show which will provide a fabulous start to HM the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
 
Here's what the paper said!

Eastern Daily Press Sunday May 27 2012

The red, white and blue Diamond Jubilee bunting was all of a flutter along Cromer Pier as the audience made their way to and from a very British piece of musical theatre last night.

The story, a sort of Upstairs Downstairs meets My Fair Lady mash-up, was full of well-loved national cliches - toffee-nosed aristocrats v a loveable Cockney geezer and his gal.

But this was no penetrating insight in to the British class system; just a bit of knockabout singing and dancing around a daft Lambeth-lad-finds-himself-heir-to-earldom storyline.

It included that excellent belter the Lambeth Walk, performed with infectious fun and energy.

The cast gave its all on opening night, milking the constant silliness, and getting the laughs they deserved.

East McBride and Selina White, as Cockney sweethearts Bill Snibson and Sally Smith, gave well-matched, endearing performances and sounded convincing both in dialect and song.

Nona Gray, as the duchess, and Andrew Grey as upper-class twerp Gerald Bolingbroke were particularly well played among a universally-strong cast of principals. Thank you Andrew for bringing back to life the late, great Charles Hawtrey.

And a special mention for Peter Howell who brought out the skipping, mincing inner child in dry-as-dust family solicitor Herbert Parchester.

If the imminent Jubilee celebrations are the icing on the patriotic party cake, then a trip to this show is the jelly and ice cream you really should find room for first.    (Alex Hurrell)