By Nick Gill
Thursday, October 4, 2012
AN AUDIENCE have the chance to relive the Jack the Ripper story through the eyes of his victims.
Putteridge Bury Gilbert and Sullivan Society will be erring away from their bedrock of shows to perform Jack the Ripper – A Musical Play at the Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin.
Now 124 years after Jack the Ripper terrorised the East End of London with a series of grisly murders, the unsolved case of 1888 has continued to spawn many adaptations and dramatisations from both the UK and Hollywood.
In an unusual take on the story, the society will be putting on a show combining song, dance, drama and humour between October 10 and 13.
“Set in the Steampacket Music Hall and the surrounding streets of Whitechapel, it reflects the life and times of the victims and introduces the various suspects who were all rumoured to be ‘the Ripper’,” said director Paula Fraser.
“The Music Hall tunes repeat the performances of soubrettes, comedy numbers and magicians of the era and contrast with beautiful musical ballads and dramatic songs reflecting the reality of life in poverty stricken and working class Victorian England.
“Come and see policemen dressed as women, Queen Victoria as never before and a random appearance by Sweeney Todd. It’s a show packed with energy, drama and comedy that provides entertainment for all.”
Each show at the theatre off Walsworth Road starts at 7.45pm.
Tickets, priced at £13 with some £11 concessions available, can be bought from the Queen Mother Theatre box office on 01462 455166 or directly from the society on 07946 264886. Alternatively log on to www.queenmothertheatre.org.uk
To accompany the show, Putteridge Bury Gilbert and Sullivan Society will be providing snippets of background information and a live timeline of events as they happened in 1888.
To find out more about Jack the Ripper, his victims and suspects visit www.pbgsgilbertandsullivan.blogspot.co.uk