Friday 22nd March at 7.30pm
(Doors open 6:45)
The story goes that an ornamental Japanese sword fell off the wall in W. S. Gilbert's study and inspired him to think up a Japanese plot for his next operatic collaboration with composer Arthur Sullivan. This evergreen work is stuffed full of lovely tunes, witty lines and unforgettable characters and has been a staple of professional and amateur musical groups since it was written in 1885.
A strong cast of principals and chorus under musical director Sam Baker will take to the stage in a witty production by Hilary Marshall and Catherine Payne, for the delight of audiences all over the county.
Some years ago we were lucky enough to obtain premises at the former fruit and vegetable warehouse on Brewery Lane. Through much hard work, grants and donations a theatre was formed which now seats 150 people and represents one of the most well equipped, professional-standard amateur theatres in the county. The theatre now stages IES productions as well as outside theatre and musical companies and also plays host to Ilminster Cinema Club, Ile Valley Flower Club and many other social clubs. The Theatre is also available for private hire for parties and corporate events.