Magnificent seven in town premiere

NDET 98324'Chesterfield Operatic Society dress rehearsal for seven brides for seven brothers

NDET 98324'Chesterfield Operatic Society dress rehearsal for seven brides for seven brothers

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Performers have bowed to public pressure by bringing a popular musical to Chesterfield for the first time.

The town’s Pomegranate Theatre will be hosting Seven Brides for Seven Brothers this week.

It’s the second premiere in town which Chesterfield Operatic Society have staged in less than six months.

Society chairman Doug Melloy said: “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a show that audiences have told us that they wanted us to do for several years.

“The biggest challenge has been getting 21 men to play brothers, suitors and townsfolk because we have never had that number of men in the past 30 years.

“Another big challenge has been matching up the brothers and brides in terms of ages and characters - but it’s all gone pretty well.”

Costing in the region of £35,000 to stage, a chunk of the money has gone on bringing in sets used in a professional production. Doug said: “We have hired the sets which were used in a touring production in 2009, knowing that these would have had to have fitted into all sorts of theatres.”

l Seven Brides for Seven Brothers runs at the Pomegranate Theatre from Tuesday, April 24, until Saturday, April 28.

Performances are at 7.15pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm. Tickets £17.50, to book, call (01246) 345222 or www.chesterfieldvenues.co.uk

For more on this story, see the Derbyshire Times.