Myths will come to life in society’s ambitious show

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Amateur thespians will bring a story from Roman and Greek mythology to life in their new production.

Members of the Leeds Gilbert and Sullivan Society are preparing to perform their take on Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld.

The comedy show will be staged by the group from March 15-19 at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds.

Presidents of the long-running society have included John Finnigan and Ron Darrington, who are both from Morley.

Artistic director Anita Adams said: “Orpheus is a classic French farce which still works today.

“We’ve moved the pastoral setting to an underwear factory which gives us plenty of scope for mischief amongst the knickers and bad behaviour amongst the bras. The plot is still very much there, we’re just giving it an uplift.

“The music is fantastic, the set looks fabulous, and we’re dancing a Can-Can like you’ve never seen before – it’s going to be amazing.”

The show follows the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, as well as a number of other mythical characters.

The society celebrated its centenary in 2009 and scooped a sixth Leeds Civic Arts Guild award for Best Musical last year.

Chairwoman Janet Johnston said: “We’re incredibly lucky to have a large group of younger members who give our productions energy and vibrancy, balanced by the older, more experienced members who bring an understanding of musical theatre and confidence on stage.

“We have people who are new in to the Society and others who are celebrating their 45th year with us this year.”

The shows will take place every evening from March 15-19 at 7.30pm, and there will be a matinee on the final day at 2.30pm.

Tickets range from £8-£17.50 with concessions.