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HITCHIN THESPIANS present

The Demon Barber

of Fleet Street

March 2009

The Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin


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HITCHIN THESPIANS

present

The Demon Barber

of Fleet Street

A Musical

Thriller

Music & Lyrics by

STEPHEN

SONDHEIM

Book by

HUGH WHEELER

From an adaptation by

CHRISTOPHER

BOND

Originally directed by

HAROLD PRINCE

Originally produced on Broadway by Richard Barr,

Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson,

Martin Richards in association with Dean & Judy Manos

5th - 7th, 10th - 14th March 2009

The Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF

WEINBERGER LTD. on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK

The Hitchin Thespians - About us...

In 1902 Miss Pepper,

returning to Hitchin after

a visit to the south

coast, told her friend,

Mrs Walter Carling, of a

performance she had

seen there. Hitchin, she

said, must have an operatic society. Mrs Carling agreed, and arranged a local

performance, by ladies only, of Coleridge Taylor's "The Gitanos". On February

21st 1903, a decision was taken, to form the Hitchin Amateur Light Opera

Company, with the Reverend G.B. Gainsford, as president. In its early years, the

Society devoted itself largely to the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. In March

1905, the name was changed, for the sake of brevity, to Hitchin Thespians.

Though the Society suspended its activities during World War 1, the popularity

of its shows grew rapidly in post-war years. In May 1933, "The Desert Song"

was played to almost 10,000 people in a week at the Hermitage Cinema! In

1958 the Thespians purchased the freehold of the Old Guild Rooms in

Paynes Park, in which they had rehearsed for a number of years, for £750.

In 1977 the Society presented "Robert and Elizabeth" in Stevenage's

new Gordon Craig Theatre, where it still continues to stage its major

productions. Its policy has been to present, whenever possible, the first

amateur performance of newly released shows, of near-professional standard.

MUSICAL THEATRE Each year we present two fully staged musicals at The

Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage. We thrive on challenge and have presented

some shows that many other societies are wary of. In addition there are

occasionally smaller scale productions of musicals which are performed at

our purpose built rehearsal suite, Woodside Hall, or at the Town Hall, Hitchin.

Groups of members are also welcome to get together and perform concerts

and shows with a smaller cast.

CONCERTS AND CHORAL WORKS In addition to our musical theatre activities

we have a thriving choir. The variety of music performed by this group is

staggering, as one member put it - "from Bach to Bernstein!"There are

typically three concerts each year, often performed at Woodside Hall, but

sometimes in surroundings that might suit the performance better such

as the lovely parish church of St. Mary's in Hitchin.

WORKSHOPS AND SPONSORSHIPS We are proud to fulfil our educational

aims and ambitions through workshops and sponsorships. In recent years we

have sponsored members to attend voice and performance training at the

Little Benslow Music School in Hitchin and have also arranged for members

to participate in masterclasses with professional singers and voice coaches.

One of our Musical directors has also led a fascinating series of lectures

on wide-ranging aspects of music.


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From the Chairman...

Welcome to this evening’s performance of Sweeney Todd. This has been an exciting

and challenging venture for us with a different venue and more creative freedom in

the designing of sets etc. It is a thrilling piece of theatre and the music of

Stephen Sondheim showing off its usual brilliance and complexity.

The change of venue to the Queen Mother Theatre should make the

experience more intimate and really bring it to life.

The recent film version has brought it to a wider audience and I hope that you will

be suitably gripped by this performance. We are delighted to welcome back Jim

Snell as our stage director for this show and Mike Payne as musical director.

Rehearsals have been hard work - but tremendous fun and I’m sure you

will enjoy the results of the company’s labours in this performance.

Hitchin Thespians like to maintain a varied programme and so this more

traditional show is a contrast to the previous production of Calamity Jane

and of course our next show Fiddler on the Roof in October which will be back at

the Gordon Craig Theatre - which we welcome you to as well. I would like to

thank you for supporting us in this production and if this is the first production

of ours you have attended we hope it will be the first of many.

Now its time to sit back, read the synopsis and be transported as the curtain rises

on the dark, dank streets of the City of London - somewhere near Fleet Street.

LUCY MILLER-WHITE

The Committee 2008 / 2009

PRESIDENT: Derek Jenkins

CHAIRMAN: Lucy Miller-White

TREASURER: Mark Savage

HONORARY GENERAL SECRETARY: Alex Evans

PRODUCTION MANAGER: Michelle Marple

LIFE MEMBERS:

Olive Ansell, Ann Crook,

Brenda Cundell, Marion Hargraves,

Audrey Jenkins, Derek Jenkins,

Denis Rowland, Gordon Wharton

CHORAL MANAGER: Susan Osbourn

BUSINESS MANAGER: Kate Webb

WOODSIDE HALL MANAGER: Ann Crook

SOCIAL & FUNDRAISING: Vivienne Tadman

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Sarah Bailes, Christine Fox, Jane Homer

HONORARY MEMBERS:

Bert Broe, Mollie Gilbert,

Edgar Gilbert, Roger Heath,

Alfons Krupp, Bernard Mallett,

Jim Snell, Justin Thomas


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TheProductionTeam

JimSnell

PRODUCTION

DIRECTOR

Jim has directed over forty shows for Hitchin Thespians

and is delighted to be undertaking ‘Sweeney Todd’ -

a show he has long wanted to be involved with.

In the coming months he will undertake productions

of ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ at Broxbourne

and ‘My Fair Lady’ at Harlow.

He has won numerous NODA awards and is an

active voluntary fundraiser for ‘Breakthrough’

- the Breast Cancer research charity.

MikePayne

MUSICAL

DIRECTOR

This is Mike’s second show with the Thespians, having

previously worked on ‘Chess’ last year. He has worked

extensively throughout Herts, Beds, Bucks and Essex on shows

ranging from ‘Carmen’ to ‘’Mack & Mabel’, with many more

in between. Mike also directs and choreographs shows, as well

as having his own production company which tackles rarely

performed smaller cast shows. As a performer, Mike has

played several leading roles including Kings - ‘Siam’ and

‘of the Fairies’, Pilate in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, The Snake in

‘Children of Eden’ (at the same time as MD!) and the one that

sums up his character (some would say!) - MC in ‘Cabaret’.

For all up-to-date news and information, don’t forget to log on to...

www.hitchinthespians.org.uk

If you are interested in joining the Society as

either a member or a patron, then please contact:-

Alex Evans - Hon. Secretary, 4 Cubitt Close, Hitchin, Herts. SG4 0EL

Email: alex.j.evans@talk21.com

Alternatively, if you would prefer you can join our ‘SHOW MAILING LIST’


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Act One

The show opens in 1846, with the citizens of London

introducing the tale of the ‘Demon Barber of Fleet Street’.

A young sailor, Anthony Hope, rides a ship into London - his

shipmate is ‘Sweeney Todd’. As they prepare to part, Todd

tells Anthony a tragic story about a young and naive barber,

his beautiful wife, and the lustful judge who exiled him

to Botany Bay on a trumped up charge, so he could covet

his wife, Lucy. A half-mad Beggar Woman who begs and

solicits them approaches and she appears to recognise Todd,

but he runs her off.

Todd visits a meat pie shop on Fleet Street, where he

encounters the shop's proprietress, Mrs. Nellie Lovett.

When Todd asks about the upstairs apartment, she tells

him the sad tale of the previous tenant, a barber named

Benjamin Barker. She reveals that once Barker had been

sent to Australia, the Judge lured Lucy to his house and

assaulted her. In agony, Todd confirms Mrs. Lovett's

suspicions that he is, in fact, Benjamin Barker. Mrs Lovett

tells him that Lucy has poisoned herself and that his infant

daughter, Johanna, has become a ward of the Judge. Todd

swears revenge...

The Story...

Act Two

Mrs. Lovett's pie shop has now become a thriving business

with its ‘new menu’. Anthony discovers the Judge has

committed Johanna to Fogg's Asylum for the mentally

deranged and, with Todd's help, infiltrates the asylum,

posing as a wigmaker. Unknown to Anthony, Todd sends a

letter to the judge notifying him of Anthony's intent to

kidnap Johanna and her professed love for Turpin, hopeful

of luring the judge to his shop. Meanwhile, in the pie shop,

Toby begins to suspect that Todd is up to no good.

Mrs. Lovett encounters Beadle Bamford when he is

commissioned by the neighbours to investigate the strange

smell from the pie shop's chimney. She offers the Beadle

a free shave from Todd whilst he waits. In the basement,

Toby discovers a fingernail in a pie when the bloody

corpse of the Beadle tumbles down the chute. Horrified, he

tries to escape but realises that he is locked in. Mrs. Lovett

tells Todd that Toby has guessed everything. They set off

to hush to boy in the only method they know how.

Meanwhile, Anthony notices a girl singing at a window.

The passing Beggar Woman tells Anthony that the girl is

Johanna. Anthony is immediately smitten and pledges to

woo her, but the Judge and the Beadle threaten him off.

Elsewhere, in the crowded marketplace, renowned ‘Italian’

barber Adolfo Pirelli and his simple-minded assistant

Tobias Ragg pitch a cure-all for hair loss. Todd, after

exposing the elixir as a fraud, challenges Pirelli to a shaving

competition. When Pirelli later resorts to blackmail, Todd

slits his first throat. This begins a trail of horrific revenge

across London in desperate attempt to get to the

Judge. The Beadle suggests to the Judge that he

visit Todd's barbershop to improve his appearance,

after hearing the news that he plans to wed Johanna. The

act ends with a sudden burst of inspiration from Mrs Lovett

about how to conceal evidence of Todd’s murderous

revenge spree by using the victims in her meat pies!

The show ends with Todd satisfying his

evil needs, but a surprise is in store

for all, especially Sweeney Todd.


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The Company ...

Australian born Richard trained at the Canberra

School of Music before moving to the UK in

1999. He has enjoyed a variety of roles in plays,

musical theatre, opera, oratorio, television and

film, and toured USA, Europe, Scotland and

Wales. His favourite stage outings include

Barnum in ‘Barnum’, Tony in ‘West Side Story’,

John Tallentire in ‘The Hired Man’,

Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince in ‘Into the Woods’,

Franklin Shepherd in ‘Merrily We Roll Along’

and Stone in ‘City of Angels’.

For Hitchin Thespians, Richard has sung leads

in The Merry Widow, Iolanthe, Trial By Jury

and various charity concerts. He has also

composed musicals based on Noah’s Ark,

Around the World in Eighty Days and

St Patrick. Future engagements include playing

Don John in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

and Stainer’s Crucifixion.

Sweeney

Todd RICHARD

COWLING


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The Company ...

Maz says she is ‘relishing’ her part as

Mrs Lovett, remarking “It’s not often you get to

play a desperate, ageing, flirtatious, unscrupulous

hag is it.” So she is making the most of it!

Maz has been with Hitchin Thespians for

several years now and thinks it is the

friendliest group she has ever worked with.

As a member of several local amateur

dramatic societies she says she has

been lucky enough to play some lovely

roles including the Voice of the Plant

in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, Helene Hanff

in ‘84 Charing Cross Road’, The Baker’s

Wife in ‘Into The Woods’ and Mrs Meers

in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’.

When Maz is not treading the boards

she can be found spinning around

the floor at Ceroc and Jiveswing.

Mrs

Lovett

MAZ

GREENBANK


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The Company ...

KIER HOME

Anthony

Johanna

KATIE LAMBERT

Kier started performing at the age of five and has

been involved in thirty-seven performances since, from

concerts and musicals, to plays and small-scale films.

He has a degree in performing arts and has performed in

venues such as The Gordon Craig Theatre, Her Majesty’s

Theatre and The Dell (Queen Mother Theatre). This is

Kier’s eleventh show with the Hitchin Thespians since

joining them for ‘West Side Story’, also played Hortensio

in ‘Kiss Me Kate’ and Apostle in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.

Kier says he is hooked on Sondheim’s work, after being

terrified by a recording of the final Ballad that closes the

show and is delighted to be playing ‘Anthony’ .

Katie is only seventeen and says she ‘absolutely loves

acting’. She is currently at The Knights Templar School

studying A levels. Having performed in numerous shows with

Letchworth Arcadians and Young Arcadians, she is excited

about the prospect of her first show with Hitchin Thespians.

Katie’s previous shows have included Copacabana, High

School Musical as ‘Martha’, Wind in the Willows as ‘Mole’,

Oliver, Little Shop of Horrors and Annie. Aside from drama,

Katie enjoys playing guitar, running, listening to music,

socialising and drinking tea! In regards to her future,

she can’t predict where she will be in ten years time, but her

ultimate dream would be to star in a West End show!


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✯ THE COMPANY The Company ✯...


Judge

Turpin

MIKE

BARKER

Beadle

Bamford

IAN

HAMILTON

This is Mike’s twenty second show with Hitchin Thespians.

He has performed many character roles for us, such as

Prince Nikki in ‘My One and Only’, Alexander Molokov in

‘Chess’, Henry Miller in ‘Calamity Jane’ and Harold in

‘The Full Monty’. Mike has also enjoyed taking lead roles

for other local societies such as Eric ‘Rubber-Legs’ Devine

in ‘Slice of Saturday Night’, Dr. Whackoff in ‘Saucy

Jack and the Space Vixens’ and Colonel Pickering in

‘My Fair Lady’. He has been performing, directing and

choreographing shows locally for many years and has

just finished a run in a 2009 Panto - ‘The Snow Queen’.


Ian first ventured onto the stage at the age of eight and it has

been a devil of a job to get him off it since. As his career has

progressed he has come to specialise in violent death scenes

and, tonight, he adds to his modest accomplishments - bird

strangling! Ian has played Shakespeare and, like so many

others, lost. He has also taken on some great doubles

players - Gilbert & Sullivan, Rogers & Hammerstein and

Rice and Lloyd Webber - with a little more success. In real

life he practices as a solicitor and seems doomed never to get

that right either. Almost a freak of nature, he still plays

cricket and hockey. He also sings with a local function

band thereby enabling his vocal inability to be heard even

more widely. He is now entitled to a bus pass!


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The Company ...

Beggar

Woman

PHILIPPA

BAYFIELD

Philippa has been performing since she was eight, and

singing and acting ever since. At Durham University

Philippa took an active role in the Drama Society

in production and direction and was President.

Philippa studied Acting and Musical Theatre at

Hertfordshire Theatre School working with a number

of professional directors and musical directors.

Philippa's first show with Hitchin Thespians was The Full

Monty playing ‘Georgie’, a role which she later revived

when the show went to the Edinburgh Festival. Sweeney

Todd is Philippa's fifth show with Hitchin Thespians and

she is delighted to be playing the ‘Beggar Woman’.

Tobias

SAM RAYNER

Sam made his stage debut at the age of six in the

Thespians’ production of ‘The King and I’ and has been

performing ever since. He has been a member of Hitchin

Young Thespians for over nine years, with his favourite

roles including Mole in ‘The Wind in The Willows’, Fat

Sam in ‘Bugsy Malone’ and Will Parker in ‘Oklahoma’.

For the past four years Sam has also performed at Sylvia

Young Theatre School and has enjoyed playing Danny

Zuko in ‘Grease’, Nathan Detroit in ‘Guys and Dolls’ and

Sid in ‘The Pyjama Game’. Outside the world of theatre,

Sam rows in his school crew and is currently studying for

his GCSE’s. Sam is ecstatic to be playing the role of Tobias.


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✯ THE COMPANY The Company ✯...


Pirelli

JOHN DUNLEAVY

This is John’s first performance with the Hitchin Thespians.

He is no stranger to the stage having appeared in many

productions over the years. John especially enjoys character

roles, which have included Buggins in’ Half a Sixpence’, Feste

in ‘Twelfth Night’, Jigger Craigin in ‘Carousel’, Lord Evelyn

Oakleigh in ‘Anything Goes’, Herr Schulz in ‘Cabaret’,

Mercutio in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Molokov in Chess, Leonato

in Much Ado About Nothing, and recently Uncle Ernie in

‘Tommy’. John also sets his hand to writing and directing

and has penned four successful Murder Mystery events.

When not involved with Amateur Dramatics,

John keeps fit by riding around the fields and forests

of Hertfordshire on his cross country mountain bike.

Mrs

Fogg

JULIA

NICOLSON

Julia has been involved with amateur dramatics

locally for over fifteen years, previously with Stevenage

Lytton Players before joining Hitchin Thespians in

2007 for ‘The Mikado’. Julia's favourite roles to date

in musicals have been Widow Corney in ‘Oliver!’ and

Yente the Matchmaker in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.

She also enjoys drama having played Claree Belcher

in ‘Steel Magnolias’ and Anna Cinzano in ‘Five Blue

Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench’.

She is somewhat concerned though that all these

roles involved playing slightly eccentric old women -

stating that “Mrs Fogg's hardly sane either!!”


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Act One

MUSICAL NUMBERS

‘Prelude’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Orchestra

‘The Ballad of Sweeney Todd’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Company

‘No Place Like London’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Todd, Anthony, Beggar Woman

‘The Worst Pies in London’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs Lovett

‘Poor Thing’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs Lovett

‘My Friends’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Todd, Mrs Lovett

‘Green Finch and Linnet Bird’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Johanna

‘Ah, Miss’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anthony, Johanna, Beggar Woman

‘Johanna’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anthony

‘Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir’ . . . Pirelli, Tobias, Todd, Mrs Lovett & Company

‘The Contest’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pirelli

‘Johanna’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Judge Turpin

‘Wait’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs Lovett

‘Kiss Me’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anthony, Johanna

‘Ladies in Their Sensitivities’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beadle

‘Kiss Me / Ladies in Their Sensitivities’ . . . . . . . . . . . . Judge Turpin, Beadle

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anthony, Johanna

‘Pretty Women’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Judge Turpin, Todd

‘Epiphany’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Todd

‘A Little Priest’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs Lovett, Todd


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Act Two

MUSICAL NUMBERS

‘God, That’s Good’ . . . Mrs Lovett, Todd, Tobias, Beggar Woman & Company

‘Johanna’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anthony, Todd, Johanna, Beggar Woman

‘By The Sea’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs Lovett, Todd

‘Wigmaker Sequence’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anthony, Todd

‘The Letter’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quintet

‘Not While I’m Around’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tobias & Mrs Lovett

‘Parlour Songs’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beadle, Mrs Lovett & Tobias

‘Fogg’s Asylum’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Company

‘City on Fire!’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beggar Woman & Company

‘Searching’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs Lovett, Todd, Beggar Woman & Company

‘The Judge’s Return’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Todd, Judge Turpin

‘Final Sequence’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Todd, Mrs Lovett & Tobias

‘The Ballad of Sweeney Todd’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Company

There will be an interval of 20 minutes between acts.

Please do not smoke in the auditorium.

The use of cameras, mobile phones and

other recording equipment is strictly prohibited.


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The Company...

SWEENEY TODD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Cowling

MRS LOVETT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maz Greenbank

ANTHONY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kier Home

JOHANNA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katie Lambert

BEADLE BAMFORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ian Hamilton

JUDGE TURPIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Barker

PIRELLI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Dunleavy

TOBIAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sam Rayner

BEGGAR WOMAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Philippa Bayfield

MRS FOGG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julia Nicolson

Ensemble

Melanie Plowman, Nerys Martin, Nicola Niles, Katy King, Chris Fox, Lynne Leggat,

Lucy Miller-White, Pat Staff, Samantha Barham, Kirsty McArthur, Julia Nicolson,

Caroline Hirst, Caroline Bonja, Sarah Cunningham, Vivienne Tadman, James Hamilton,

Charles Langford, Peter Auker, Mark Savage, Jonathan Fletcher, Mike Steele.


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Hitchin Thespians is proud to be affiliated

to the National Operatic and Dramatic

Association (NODA) which was founded in

1899 as the main representative body

for amateur theatre in the UK. It has a

membership of some 2,500 amateur/

community theatre groups and 3,000

individual enthusiasts throughout the

country, staging musicals, operas, plays,

concerts and pantomimes in a wide

variety of performing venues, ranging

from leading professional theatres to village halls.

NODA is divided into eleven national Regions, each

headed by a Regional Councillor who sits at the ruling

body of the Association and who is supported by

a network of Regional Representatives and other

volunteers. The Representatives and their volunteers

are the vital link to the grass roots of the Association,

the amateur theatre companies themselves. The

association is administered from its headquarters in

Peterborough.

NODA offers multiple benefits to its members,

providing free expert advice and factsheets on

the many issues which can arise in putting on a

performance. NODA represents the interests of

amateur theatre in authorities, rights holders and

the media. Conferences, workshops and seminars

held at National and Regional level all help the

members to share information on best practice.

The NODA Annual Summer School offers

training from professional tutors in acting,

directing, music directing, musical theatre,

stage management and other technical

aspects of theatre performance.

Burseries are available from National

and Regional funds. Regular Regional

magazines and the quarterly ‘NODA

National News’ provide a range of useful

advice and information for amateur

societies and practitioners, as well as free

listings of performances, free classified ads for

selling, buying or hiring scenery, props, scripts, and

details of shows released or restricted for amateur

performance. NODA’s trading area offers access to

goods and services for members and other amateur

theatre enthusiasts,such as NODA pantomimes,a sheet

music service, official badges, youth representatives,

commendation badges and Long Service Awards.

There awards are available for presentation to those

who have given active service to amateur theatre

for a period of ten years and every five years thereafter.

NODA Insurance provides a package that caters

for the specific needs of amateur theatre with

discounted premiums for NODA members.

NODA aims to ensure that it provides help to

amateur societies and individuals in achieving the

highest standards of best practice and performance,

and in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

CALLING YOUNG THESPIANS...

If you want to sing, want to act, and want to dance and are in Year 6 and above we want to

hear from you. Young Thespians meet Sunday mornings from 10am to 12 noon at Woodside Hall,

Walsworth Road, Hitchin. There is a charge of £25 to take part in each production.

Young Thespians will be presenting ‘Aladdin’ at Woodside Hall

from 16th - 18th April 2009. ...Come and see us!

There are no auditions to join so if you are interested please contact

Ann Crook 01462 434181, anncrook@btinternet.com


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The Orchestra...

CLARINET: . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ian Killoran

BASSOON: . . . . . . . .Caroline Cartwright

HORN: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .John Lavelle

PERCUSSION: . . . . . . . . . .Wallace Ruby

BASS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fiona Nisbett

KEYBOARD: . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matt Hallas

TRUMPET: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Clark

Sweeney Todd - Stage & Screen

ORIGINAL STORY

From The Annual Register of London in 1785,

the entry read: “A most remarkable murder

was perpetrated in the following manner by a

journeyman barber that lived near Hyde Park

Corner, who had been for a long time past

jealous of his wife, but could no way bring it

home to her.” Thus began, according to one

hypothesis, the infamous tale of Sweeney Todd,

the demon barber whose homicidal activities at

186 Fleet Street have chilled and thrilled the hearts

of Londoners for over 200 years. The historical

Sweeney Todd, hanged for murder in 1801, may

have been the most successful serial killer of all

time, some accounts attributing 160 unfortunate

customers to his victim list. Sweeney's saga has

passed through so many retellings that what facts

remain about this menace are enshrouded in

layers of colorful exaggeration. One fact remains:

the dark deeds of Sweeney Todd have crowned

him the king of melodramatic villains.

Forty-five years after the crime spree, Thomas

Peckett Prest adapted the story of Sweeney into a

serial entitled ‘The String of Pearls: A Romance’

published in The People's Periodical and Family

Library, and presented as a melodrama at the Royal Britannia

Saloon, where it soon became a long-running success.

STEPHEN SONDHEIM

Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of

Fleet Street was a 1979 Tony Awardwinning

musical thriller with music

and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a

book by Hugh Wheeler.

Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway

at the Uris Theatre on March 1, 1979

and ran for 557 performances. It was

directed by Harold Prince with musical

staging by Larry Fuller. It starred Len

Cariou as Sweeney Todd and Angela

Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett.

The UK production opened in London's

West End on July 2, 1980, at the Theatre

Royal, Drury Lane, starring

Denis Quilley as Sweeney Todd

and Sheila Hancock as Mrs.

Lovett. The show ran for 157

performances. This production

won the Laurence Olivier

Award for new musical (1980).

Most recently, Sondheim’s

‘Sweeney’ has been brought to

a more modern audience, with the hugely

successful movie version, directed by Tim Burton, and

starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter.


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Sweeney Todd


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Dear All,

This is just a short note to wish you all good luck

for your forthcoming production of “Sweeney Todd”.

I am a great admirer of Sondheim and have performed in

three of his shows - ‘Follies’ - ‘Sunday in the park with George’

and ‘Sweeney Todd’. I can honestly say that ‘Sweeney’ is my

favourite for its mixture of the comic, macabre and gruesome amongst others. I can tell you

that it is a piece that needs complete focus, but one that I am sure you will enjoy performing.

Once again, I wish you a successful opening night and a very enjoyable run.

Best wishes,

Dave Willetts

Dave Willetts - actor and singer - has been critically acclaimed both Nationally and

Internationally from Europe to Australia for numerous leading roles in some of the

most renowned musicals of our time. www.davewilletts.com


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HITCHIN THESPIANS PAST PRODUCTIONS

1903 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Gitanos

1904 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Sorcerer

1905 . . . . .The Yeomen of the Guard

1905 . . . . . . . . . . . .The Mountebanks

1906 . . . . . . .The Pirates of Penzance

1907 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Gondoliers

1908 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Mikado

1909 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .H.M.S. Pinafore

1910 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Trial by Jury

1910 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ruddigore

1911 . . . . .The Yeomen of the Guard

1913 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Patience

1920 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Gondoliers

1921 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Mikado

1922 . . . . .The Yeomen of the Guard

1922 . . . . . . .The Pirates of Penzance

1923 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ruddigore

1923 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Sorcerer

1924 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Iolanthe

1924 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Gondoliers

1925 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Merrie England

1925 . . . . .The Yeomen of the Guard

1926 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Patience

1926 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Trial by Jury

1926 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .H.M.S. Pinafore

1927 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Mikado

1927 . . . . . . . . .Miss Hook of Holland

1928 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Geisha

1928 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A Country Girl

1929 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Princess Ida

1929 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Veronique

1930 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom Jones

1931 . . . . . . .The Pirates of Penzance

1931 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Merrie England

1932 . . . . . . . . .The Belle of New York

1932 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rose Marie

1933 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Desert Song

1933 . . . . . . . . . . .The Vagabond King

1934 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The New Moon

1935 . . . .The Maid of the Mountains

1936 . . . . . . . . .Miss Hook of Holland

1937 . . . . . . . . . . . .The Student Prince

1938 . . . . . . . . . . . .Goodnight Vienna

1939 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Showboat

1946 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Rebel Maid

1947 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Desert Song

1948 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Gondoliers

1949 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chu Chin Chow

1950 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rose Marie

1951 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bitter Sweet

1951 . . . . . . . . .Yeomen of the Guard

1952 . . . . . . . . .Viktoria & Her Hussar

1953 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The New Moon

1954 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wild Violets

1955 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Magyar Melody

1956 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Quaker Girl

1957 . . . . . . . . . . . .Goodnight Vienna

1957 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Call Me Madam

1958 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bless the Bride

1959 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Love from Judy

1960 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oklahoma

1961 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carousel

1962 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hansel & Gretal

1962 . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Merry Widow

1963 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kiss Me Kate

1964 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pink Champagne

1965 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Music Man

1966 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Trial By Jury

1966 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The King & I

1967 . . .Orpheus in the Underworld

1968 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Half A Sixpence

1969 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carmen

1970 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kismet

1971 . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Merry Widow

1972 . . . . . . . . . . .The Sound of Music

1972 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hello Dolly

1973 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Most Happy Fella

1974 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Night in Venice

1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .South Pacific

1976 . . . . . . . . . . .The Beggars Opera

1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bitter Sweet

1977 . . . . . . . . . . . .Robert & Elizabeth

1977 . . . . . . . . .Yeomen of the Guard

1978 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Die Fledermaus

1979 . . . . . . . . . . .Fiddler on the Roof

1980 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Showboat

1981 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hello Dolly

1982 . . .Orpheus in the Underworld

1983 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Music Man

1983 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Grease

1984 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carousel

1985 . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Merry Widow

1986 . . . . . . .The Pirates of Penzance

1986 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Trial by Jury

1987 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kismet

1987 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .West Side Story

1988 . . . . . . . . . . .Annie Get your Gun

1989 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Mikado

1989 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Boyfriend

1990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .My Fair Lady

1991 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kiss Me Kate

1991 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cabaret

1992 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oklahoma

1992 . . . . . . . . . . .The Sound of Music

1993 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Trial by Jury

1993 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .H.M.S. Pinafore

1994 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Guys and Dolls

1994 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Charlie Girl

1995 . . . . . . . . . . .A Little Night Music

1995 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barnum

1996 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42nd Street

1996 . . . . . . .The Pirates of Penzance

1997 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hello Dolly

1997 . . . . . . . . . . .La Cage Aux Folles*

1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Crazy For You

1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chess

1999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oliver!

1999 . . . . . . . . . . . .Singin’ in the Rain*

2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mack & Mabel

2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .South Pacific

2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The King & I

2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Half A Sixpence

2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carmen

2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .My One & Only

2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .West Side Story

2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barnum

2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Seven Brides for

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Seven Brothers*

2004 . . . . . . . . .Jesus Christ Superstar

2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kiss Me Kate

2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carousel

2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Me & My Girl

2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Full Monty

2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jekyll & Hyde*

2007 . . . .Thoroughly Modern Millie

2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Mikado

2008 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chess

2008 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Calamity Jane

2009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sweeney Todd

* NODA Region 9 Eastern Area Award

Mrs J Aked

Mrs J Armstrong

Mrs V Barker

Mr & Mrs P Barry

Mr & Mrs J Bedingfield

Mrs M Bidwell

Miss V Bishop

Mr & Mrs P Blacker

Mr N Bone

Mr R Bray

Mrs M Brendish

Mrs M Briddon

Mrs S Budin-Jones

Miss R E Burrows

Mrs E Calverley

Mrs D E Chennells

Mr G Cobb

Mr R Cobb

Mr & Mrs GT Cork

Mr & Mrs D R Crick

Mr N Cundell

Mrs S Davies

Mrs M Day

Mr R Day

HITCHIN THESPIANS PATRONS 2008

Miss B Deamer

Mrs G Donald

Mr M P Doonan

Mr & Mrs A Dover

Mrs H Dublino

Mrs E Edwards

Mr M Everitt

Mrs M E Fairchild

Mrs D Fisher

Mr & MrsJ Franks

Mrs J Frith

Mr & Mrs M Galloway

Dr & Mrs S P Gardiner

Mrs N Gilderthorp

Mrs M Gill

Mr R Gorbing

Mr B Griffiths

Mr PGuthrie

Mrs D Guyton

Mrs S Haigh

Mr & Mrs C Hamilton

Mrs A Hammond

Mrs B Harvey

Mr R Hawkins

Mr & Mrs D Haynes

Miss B Hillyard

Mr P & Mrs A Hollingsworth

Mr P Houldcroft

Mrs J E Howe

Mrs W T Hoy

Mr & Mrs L Hughes

Mrs P Hunter

Mrs J Huthert-Averill

Mrs M Jones-Davies

Mrs M Kemball-Cook

Mr I Kennedy

Mr P King

Mr & Mrs H Leonard

Mr & Mrs W E Lewis

Mr A Lintern

Mrs & Mrs M Mackenzie

Mrs B Mallett

Mrs A Mansfield

Miss H Mansfield

Dr C F & Mrs E A Mathews

Mr & Mrs J Metzger

Mrs G Moles

Mrs M Moore

Mrs N Morgan

Mrs J Morris

Mr M Newbery

Mrs J Newton

Mr & Mrs D Nicholls

Mrs M Oliver

Mr I Page

Mrs C Page

Mrs E Parsons

Mr & Mrs K A Parsons

Mr M C Pascal

Dennis E. Pateman J.P.

Mrs B Pennicott

Mrs C Plowman

Mrs I Pollard

Mrs P M Pollard

Mrs E Pratt

Mr & Mrs N W Revill

Mrs M Richmond

Mrs G Rowland

Mrs R Saunders

Mrs L. M. Shaw

Mrs A Shephard

Mrs P Slade

Mrs V Slade

Mrs & Mrs A Smith

Mrs B Smith

Mrs J Smith

Mrs J Smith

Mr J Smyth

Miss P Tadman

Mr & Mrs A.R. Taylor

Mrs K Theakstone

Mrs V Thompson

Mr F Turgoose

Mr & Mrs D H Verney

Mr & Mrs R Vickers

Mrs M Walker

Mrs B Wall

Mr S & Mrs M Watson

Mr G Williams

Mr & Mrs P Willmott

Mrs R Willmott

Mrs S Wisbey

Mrs B Wiseman

Mr R Woodhead

Mr & Mrs P Woods

Mr & Mrs R Worbey


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The Company

For Hitchin Thespians...

Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Philippa Tadman

Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Richard Cobb

Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michelle Marple

Lighting & Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alan Bailes & team

Wardrobe Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Keryle Rutherford

Wardrobe Team . . . . . . . . . .Margaret Brendish, Judy Page,

Mary Roberts, Helen Goddard, Pearl Hare, Iain Rutherford

Set Construction . . . . . . . . . .Ronald Burton, Jack Lardent,

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Neil Leggat, Leah Cooke

Stage Crew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Richard Cobb, Neil Leggat

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wayne Hough, Viv Stephenson

Properties Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vivienne Tadman

Properties Assistants . . . . . . . . .Nick Morgan, Cliff Gulbis

Continuity . . . . . . . . . . . .Michelle Marple, Iain Rutherford

Make Up Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Donna Barrett

Make Up Team . . . . . . . .Sarah Cunningham, Sarah Barry

. . . . . . . . . . . .Rhian Watkins, Sheila Soothill, Ron Burton

Rehearsal Accompanists . . . . . . . .Robert Day, Matt Hallas

Set Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rosemary Bianchi

Costumes . . .Carousel Costumes, Bancroft Players & cast

Business Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kate Webb

Business Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jane Homer, Nick Morgan

Programme Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .TeeeGeee Design

Programme/Poster Printing . . . . . . . . . . .Streets of Baldock

Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ralph Rapley/XMO4

Librarian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lucy Miller-White

Front of House . . . . . . . . . . . . .Susan Osbourn, Kate Webb

Chaperones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sue Rayner, Peter Bailey

Hitchin Thespians would like to thank the Queen Mother Theatre and the Bancroft Players for the use of their facilities.

Our special thanks go to Keith Crook and Rosemary Bianchi for their assistance with this production.


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OUR LAST PRODUCTION

‘OCTOBER 2008’

CALAMITY

JANE


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THE HITCHIN THESPIANS

COMING SOON...

THE YOUNG THESPIANS PRESENT

ALADDIN

16th - 18th April 2009, Woodside Hall, Hitchin

THE HITCHIN THESPIANS

Choral Classics

at St. Mary’s

Saturday 30th May, 2009

St. Mary’s Church, Hitchin

Fiddler on

the Roof

5th - 10th October 2009

The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

HITCHIN THESPIANS: 01462 641575

GORDON CRAIG THEATRE: 08700 131030

Hitchin Thespians choir is

looking for new members...

We are a long established choral

group singing a diverse range of music

encompassing everything from modern show

songs to large scale classical choral works.

We perform three concerts a year, including the ever

popular and always sold out ‘Christmas at Woodside’

concerts. At the moment we are rehearsing for our

next concert which is ‘Choral Classics at St. Mary’s’,

featuring works by Dvorak, Elgar, Rutter, Franck and Faure

taking place on Saturday 30th May. See the coming

soon section for further details and booking information.

Interested in joining us? If so, contact our secretary

at secretary@hitchinthespians.org.uk or by phone

on 01462 458803 for further details. Visit our

website at www.hitchinthespians.org.uk to learn

more about our choral and show activities.


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Fax: (01438) 740084

Email: law@hamiltondavies.co.uk

Website: www.hamiltondavies.co.uk

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We always offer a truly approachable,

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• Personal injury work

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• Estate planning

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