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Sunset Boulevard - May 2019
Next ShowsTBC - May 2020
BrassNeck Theatre's first production was Footloose the Musical, performed at Yeadon Town Hall in May 2010. The majority of the company's productions, and rehearsals, take place at Yeadon Town Hall and Guiseley Theatre.
BrassNeck Theatre's reputation was formed in its two founding theatre companies. The Grove and Rawdon Theatre Company and Stampede Theatre Company were both well known for producing professional standard theatre, with local reviewers often comparing the standard to that of London's West End.
In recent years, BrassNeck Theatre has built on this reputation by successfully staging a wide range of plays and musical theatre, all receiving positive reviews in local media and from audiences. Reviewers often comment not only on the high quality of their acting, singing and dancing, but also on technical expertise with custom built sets and a very high standard of lighting and sound.
- 2010: Footloose the Musical, Our House
- 2011: The Producers, Bouncers & Shakers, RENT
- 2012: The Full Monty, Calendar Girls, Fiddler on the Roof
- 2013: Whistle Down the Wind, Avenue Q
- 2014: The Wedding Singer, Little Women
- 2015: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Addams Family
- 2016: The 39 Steps, Spamalot
- 2017: Rock of Ages
- 2018: Into the Woods
The Grove and Rawdon Theatre Company
The Grove and Rawdon Theatre Company were formed in 2002 by the merger of Horsforth Grove Amateur Operatics Society and Rawdon Amateur Operatics Society.
From 2002 to 2009, The Grove and Rawdon Theatre Company staged 16 productions, and became renowned for producing difficult musicals to a high standard. Their shows, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Seussical the Musical, Buddy! and Wizard of Oz, frequently received rave reviews in local papers.
The Grove and Rawdon Theatre Company Productions
- 2002: The Music Man, Swing, Sing and Tango (Cabaret style show)
- 2003: South Pacific, Chicago Nights (Cabaret style show)
- 2004: My Fair Lady, Return to the Forbidden Planet
- 2005: Jesus Christ Superstar, Seussical the Musical
- 2006: Spend Spend Spend, Buddy!
- 2007: Carousel, Bat Boy
- 2008: Jekyll & Hyde, Boogie Nights
- 2009: Wizard of Oz, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Stampede Theatre Company
Stampede Theatre Company was founded in 2006, "in response to a growing need for a 'youth based' theatre company in the Wharfedale area".
The theatre company produced 9 musical shows and became well known in the local area for their quality productions, in particular the high standard of their youth members. Like The Grove and Rawdon Theatre Company, their productions earned rave reviews in local news, including their productions of the schools version of Les Miserables, We Will Rock You, and West Side Story.
Stampede Theatre Company maintained that while they had an emphasis on youth, they were not only a youth company, and staged a number of successful productions with an "adult" cast, including The Full Monty and Sweeney Todd.
Stampede Theatre Company Productions
- 2006: Les Miserables (Schools Version), Cabaret 2006 (Cabaret style show), Annie
- 2007: Little Shop of Horrors, We Will Rock You
- 2008: The Full Monty, Back to the 80's
- 2009: Sweeney Todd, West Side Story
Both companies involved in the BrassNeck Theatre were known for having a high standard of membership.[according to whom?] Previous and current members have studied at leading drama schools such as GSA Conservatoire and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Past and present notable members of the theatre include:
- Christian Cooke – performed with Horsforth Grove Amateur Operatics Society in their youth production of Bugsy Malone. Cooke is now a professional actor, appearing in Demons and the 2010 film Cemetery Junction.
- Verity Rushworth – performed with Horsforth Grove Amateur Operatics Society in their youth production of Bugsy Malone. After making her name on Emmerdale as Donna Windsor-Dingle, Rushworth performed in the London production of the hit musical Hairspray as Penny Pingleton before moving to take over the role of Maria in the UK tour of The Sound of Music.
- Peter Grant – performed with Rawdon Amateur Operatics Society in their production of Oliver. Grant is now a professional singer.
- Darcy Isa – performed with Stampede Theatre Company in their production of Back to the 80's. Isa is a professional actress, playing Lauren Andrews in the TV series Waterloo Road.
- Megan Parkinson – performed with BrassNeck Theatre in their production of Little Women and appeared in Game of Thrones, Season 7.
- Luke Bayer – performed with BrassNeck Theatre most notably in their production of RENT as Angel, as well as both founding companies. Luke appeared as alternate for Jamie in the West End production of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, winning the award for Best Performance By An Understudy/Alternate in Any Play or Musical at the 2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards.
- Bradley Judge – performed in a number of productions with the BrassNeck Theatre founding companies, most notably with Stampede Theatre Company in their production of The Full Monty. Bradley is part of the 2019 Hair tour.
- Richard Anthony-Lloyd – Richard took part in many of the founding company and BrassNeck Theatre shows, and was Chairman of both Stampede Theatre Company, and then later BrassNeck Theatre company until 2018. Richard is an understudy on the 2018/19 tour of Calendar Girls.
- Katharine Pearson – performed with BrassNeck Theatre in their production of RENT as Mimi. Katherine appeared in the ensemble of the 2017/18 West End production of 42nd Street.
- Rachel O'Connor, Rachel O'Connor reviews Footloose The Musical by BrassNeck Theatre at Yeadon Town Hall, Wharfedale & Airedale Observer, 28 May 2010
- Rachel O'Connor, 'Buddy The Musical' by The Grove and Rawdon Theatre Company at Yeadon Town Hall, Wharfedale & Airedale Observer, 16 November 2006
- Val Pennett, We will Rock You by Stampede Theatre Company at Yeadon Town Hall, Ilkley Gazette, 19 July 2007
- Pam Booth, BrassNeck Theatre's The Procuders Archived 5 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine, NODA Reviews, 18 May 2011
- Rachel O'Connor, BrassNeck Theatre's Our House, Wharfedale & Airedale Observer, 25 November 2010
- John Burland, BrassNeck Theatre's Fiddler on the Roof, Wharfedale & Airedale Observer, November 2012
- John Burland, BrassNeck Theatre's Whistle Down the Wind, Gazette & Observer, May 2013
- Pickled Egg, BrassNeck’s polished performance of Whistle Down the Wind, www.pickledegg.info, May 2013
- "BrassNeck Theatre presents Sunset Boulevard". BrassNeck Theatre. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
- Val Pennett, A Simply Stunning 'Jesus Christ Superstar' by Grove and Rawdon, Wharfedale & Airedale Observer, 16 May 2005
- Val Pennett, The unknown `Seussical' proves a great delight, Bradford & District, 17 November 2005
- Richard Lloyd, Wizard entertainment by Grove and Rawdon, Wharfedale & Airedale Observer, 21 May 2009
- Val Pennett, Fine acting can't hide horror of 'distasteful' musical, Telegraph & Argus, 23 November 2007
- Val Pennett, 'Spend' is a difficult show to get into, Wharfedale & Airedale Observer, 15 May 2006
- Rachel O'Connor, Grove and Rawdon Theatre Company's Jekyll and Hyde, Wharfedale & Airedale Observer, 15 May 2008
- Stampede Committee,About Us Archived 19 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Stampede Website, April 2006
- Val Pennett, ‘Les Miserables’ by Stampede Theatre Company, Ilkley Gazette, 20 July 2006
- Rachel O'Connor, Stampede Theatre Company’s West Side Story, Ilkley Gazette, 16 July 2009
- Rachel O'Connor, Courageous cast of 'The Full Monty' bare all at Yeadon, Ilkley Gazette, 25 February 2008
- Rachel O'Connor, Rachel O'Connor reviews Stampede's Sweeney Todd at Yeadon Town Hall[permanent dead link], Wharfedale & Airdale Observer, 5 March 2009
- Peter Grant Official Website, Official website
- "Lauren Andrews profile". Shed Media. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- Jack Shepherd,Independent Game Of Throne Article, Independent, 4 October 2016
- "Luke Bayer Interview". BWW. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
- "UK Tour of Hair". BWW. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
- "UK Tour of Calendar Girls". What's on Stage. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
- "Katherine Pearson Stage Faves Bio". Stage Faves. Retrieved 28 March 2019.