The show will go on for Batley Society

Their last performance of The Gondoliers was a decade ago
Their last performance of The Gondoliers was a decade ago

Good news for the Batley Gilbery and Sullivan Society as this year will not be their final performance.

In March this year the society that is devoted to presenting the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan reported running into financial difficulty.

They thought their 2016 performance of Princess Ida was to be their last but all was not lost.

Society Treasurer Robert Thurman said: “Following a review of our finances after our recent production we are delighted to announce that the society is in a position to put on another show next year.

“This excellent result is due to a great deal of hard work on the part of the members and the support of the public, for which we are very grateful.”

The 67-year-old amateur society has been running short opera shows every year since it began in 1949 in North Kirklees.

When the old Dewsbury Little Theatre closed its doors in 2010 the group was forced to move to Batley Town Hall but struggled to make enough money to cover its production running costs.

The move led to a loss of revenue from refreshment and tickets sales, but the society worked hard to get back on track.

Society president Stephanie Roe said: “Society members have put a lot of effort into fundraising this year and these efforts will need to continue if we are to ensure the group’s long-term future.”

Preparations for next years performance, The Gondoliers are already underway and will take place at Batley Town Hall from April 5-8.

The group are confident their performances will delight audiences year after year and although no firm plans are in place, they are already looking ahead to 2018.

If anyone would like to join the cast, offer backstage help or have proposals for sponsorship or other financial support they should contact Stephanie Roe on 01924 505648.