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We have performed very many shows over very many decades. Below links you to sets of some of these shows, organised by decade. You will find photos, poster, cast, programme, and some other details. We are slowly growing this archive of shows. Contact Richard if you have photos or stories to share for particular shows.
If you want to find out more about a particular production, but do know the year, look further down for a list of our shows since 1953.
Our society relies on a great number of great people. Our trustees, our committee, our creative team, and anyone else with time and passion to get involved.
Janet has chaired the committee for over 20 years and is actively involved in everything we do. If you have a question about pretty much anything, Janet is the person to go to! Janet will often be the person who makes announcements and gives information at rehearsals. Janet is amazing!
Running our Society involves many moving parts, many of which need financial and business management. Emma takes on these numerous and often unseen elements. Emma is amazing!
Hannah leads the admin for the society and coordinates new members, auditions, correspondence and supports the committee. She also helps on the finance sub-committee and wherever else she can. Hannah is very proud to be a member of Leeds G&S and loves being a part of the sopranos on stage. Hannah is amazing.
David Naylor recently stood down from this role after many years of dedicated service. We will update here when we can confirm the new Treasurer.
At the centre of every show we do is a core Creative Team. We are blessed to work with brilliant professionals on the main shows.
Few Amateur Societies can look back on a history spanning longer than a century!
Leeds Gilbert and Sullivan Society was first known as Hunslet St Silas Choral and Operatic Society and it began its life over 100 years ago - in 1909 to be precise. A group of young people decided to support the local church “as a means of healthy recreation and to foster and develop a love of music in Hunslet.” This area of Leeds was at the time a thriving centre for the engineering industry in Leeds and the Society had many members who were, by day, involved in some way or another, with that industry.
The Society not only survived through two world wars, economic depression and major slum clearance in Hunslet but still went from strength- to- strength, producing Gilbert and Sullivan shows, other musicals and choral work. In 1953 the Society took their production of HMS Pinafore to the Leeds Civic Theatre and in 1954 was granted permission by Leeds City Council to use the Leeds Coat of Arms on its stationery. That same year the name of the Society was changed to The Leeds Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
The Society continued to enjoy enormous success at the Civic Theatre and then more recently at the Carriageworks Theatre in the centre of Leeds, winning many awards. Leeds Gilbert and Sullivan Society (like the character in The Mikado) has always been the ‘Go-To’ Society for quality productions. The Society continues to offer “healthy recreation”, on and off stage, to our 90+ members whilst sharing a passion for Gilbert and Sullivan and many other forms of Musical theatre. In 2016, we produced Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and other smaller recent productions have included I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Into the Woods and She Loves Me.
In many ways The Society continues to stay fundamentally the same, putting on G&S works of various types. In 2018 we premiered a brand new musical based on the works and characters of Gilbert & Sullivan, A Nice Dilemma, written and produced by Yorkshire-based Director Sarah Case. 2018 saw us return to The Mikado, in a completely new and innovative production. 2020 would have included HMS Pinafore if not for the pandemic. In 2023 we performed Satirical Silliness which explored how 100 years of satirical song can be connected back to the brilliance of Gilbert & Sullivan.
In other ways we continue to evolve. We explore modern musicals of scale like Hunchback Of Notre Dame and Titanic The Musical.
What will come next? Time will tell.
2023 The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
2022 Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
2020 H.M.S. Pinafore (Cancelled before first performance)
2019 I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!
2019 Guys & Dolls
2018 Closer Than Ever
2018 The Mikado
2017 Trial By Jury
2017 A Nice Dilemma
2017 Kiss Me Kate
2016 She Loves Me
2016 Orpheus & The Underworld
2015 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
2014 Into The Woods
2014 Pirates of Penzance
2013 I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
2013 The Sorcerer
2011 Yeomen of the Guard
2010 The Mikado
2009 Princess Ida
2007 The Gondoliers
2006 Pirates of Penzance
2005 HMS Pinafore & The Zoo
2003 The Mikado
2001 The Sorcerer
2000 Yeomen of the Guard
1999 Pirates of Penzance
1997 The Gondoliers
1996 HMS Pinafore & Trial by Jury
1995 Princess Ida
1994 The Mikado
1992 Yeomen of the Guard
1991 Pirates of Penzance
1988 The Gondoliers
1987 The Sorcerer
1986 HMS Pinafore & The Zoo
1985 The Mikado
1983 Princess Ida
1982 Yeomen of the Guard
1981 Trial by Jury & Pirates of Penzance
1980 The Gondoliers
1977 The Mikado
1976 Utopia (Limited)
1975 HMS Pinafore
1973 Yeomen of the Guard
1972 Princess Ida
1971 The Gondoliers
1968 The Mikado 1969 Ruddigore
1967 Trial by Jury & Pirates of Penzance
1965 Yeomen of the Guard
1964 HMS Pinafore
1963 Princess Ida
1962 The Gondoliers
1960 The Mikado
1957 Trial by Jury & Pirates of Penzance
1956 Yeomen of the Guard
1955 The Gondoliers
1954 The Mikado
1953 HMS Pinafore