Although melodramas had been staged for the majority of the nineteenth century, The Lights o' London by George Sims went beyond much of the shallow characterisation and stock situations with its life-like characters and fast-moving plot.

The humour which runs through the play also stops it falling into sentimentality. As one of the travelling players says of his wife, "If you see her play Lady Macbeth, she's that natural... the audience sometimes go out and fetch the police." 

We have found that comedy, melodrama and a good storyline work best on the very small screen, so here is an opportunity to combine all three. Rehearsals will be on Tuesday 9, Thursday 11 and Tuesday 16 March all from 7-9pm. The performance is on Thursday 18 March at 7.30pm. 

If you would like to be part of the cast for The Lights o' London please complete the form https://docs.google.com/​forms/d/1md_​rrg0hXjMRlhQfQlW03T6xRekOzDiEg​HdRZ7NqaPk/

The absolute deadline for applications is 6pm on Saturday 27 February. 

We were more than twice over-subscribed for The Critic, so get your application in now!

The Royal Princess' Theatre

George R Sims wrote his long-running romantic melodrama The Lights o' London for the newly rebuilt Royal Princess' Theatre, Oxford Street in 1881. The theatre was designed by C J Phipps, who followed it up with the new Savoy Theatre for Richard D'Oyly Carte. The actor manager at the Princess's was Wilson Barrett who, needless to say, cast himself in the romantic lead in The Lights o' London. 

The stage was equipped with all the latest machinery enabling swift scene changes from exterior of country mansion through a snow-covered road to London and a bridge over the canal basin in Regent's Park to a two-storey house in Borough Market, among others. Everything that a late Victorian theatre audience expected in this 2,000 seater theatre, and what modern day audiences expect from a cinema blockbuster.

Essential info

Online via Zoom

  • Thursday 18 March 2021 7.30pm