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'Tower Warders Under Orders'. The men's chorus state their case in The Julian Light Operatic Society's 2019 Autumn show The Yeomen of the Guard.

Welcome to the West London based Julian Light Operatic Society.

A date for your diary - April 24. That's when our annual Spring Concert takes place and this year it's all Gilbert and Sullivan! Keep coming back for more details and they are finalised.

Our 2019 show was The Yeomen Of The Guard, as usual at the Questors Theatre in Ealing.

It ran for five performances in November - four evening and the Saturday matinee - and at each audiences seem to love it. "I have been to many Julian shows but never Yeomen," said one lady. "It was very good indeed. Excellent".

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"'I've a jibe and joke and quip and crank sings jester Jack Point (Leon Berger) to the crowd. And he's a whizz on a drum too it seems.

"I have been to many Julian shows but never Yeomen," said one lady. "It was very good indeed. Excellent"."All the principals were great this year and the choruses were fantastic," said another.

"Congratulations to one and all," declared a third after the opening night.

The Yeomen followed our 2018 show HMS Pinafore. The nautical favourite marked the society's 70th anniversary.

The Julian aims to give the local community an opportunity to experience light opera to as high a standard as possible at lower cost than the professional theatre.

We try to cast principal parts from within the membership and it is open to all to join us, experienced or not. There are plenty of roles in the chorus and much to do backstage and front of house. We have a great team spirit and some people have been singing and acting with us since the 1960s.

We meet for rehearsal every Wednesday evening at St Matthew’s Church, North Common Road, London W5 2QA (Ealing).

Then our main production is usually in the autumn and a soirée or variety concert is normally each Spring.

The Company is self-financing through members' subscriptions and fund-raising.

If you would like to offer financial assistance either by becoming a patron or through official sponsorship, please contact the Secretary (details below). Contact the Secretary (again, details below) or click here for full membership details. And if you would like to be added to the society's mailing list click here.

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More pictures from Yeoman 2019. From left to right: Debbie Edwards as Dame Carruthers, House Keeper to the Tower. Philip Lewis is Sergeant Meryll, flanked by his son Leonard (Robert Brown) and daughter Phoebe (Sunita Dugal) as they cook up a cunning plan. Stephanie Laishley is the lovelorn Elsie Maynard.

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Tom Dalton is the gallant Colonel Fairfax, who is under sentence of death - hence the disguise - and (left) Sir Richard Cholmondeley, Lieutenant Of The Tower (Peter Edwards), listens to Jack Point's comic routine, generally unimpressed.

'With a little help from our friends'

As you can see from above, our show in 2019 - the group's 71st year - was The Yeomen of the Guard. Next Autumn we will be presentung Iolanthe, another of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular operettas.

We have a quick request for members, supporters and friends of the Julian who might be able to help us present that and subsequent shows. 

Please click here.