Peter­bor­ough Gang Show

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - THEATRE -

Key Theatre, Novem­ber 12-17

Peter­bor­ough Scouts are re­turn­ing to the Key theatre stage next week with their an­nual show, per­form­ing a mix­tures of songs, dances and com­edy sketches from past and present. And this year The Gang on stage for the va­ri­ety show, which dates back to 1937, will be 90-strong. Pete Ash­pool, who was first in­volved in the 1960s and has been Gang Show front of house man­ager for the past 10 years, said au­di­ences were once more in for a great night out.

“It is the sort of show that you could take the youngest chil­dren or the old­est grown-ups to see, it is real fam­ily show, just like it has been all down the years,” he said. The first Peter­bor­ough Gang Show (a great suc­cess, says Pete) took place on Novem­ber 4, 1937, at the El­wes Hall in Church Walk, off Lin­coln Road, its home un­til the 1960s.

War break­ing out meant only one Gang Show was pro­duced dur­ing the war years but it has re­turned each year since 1947 with an es­ti­mated 7,000 cast mem­bers tak­ing part since its in­cep­tion. In 1981, by which time the Gang Show had moved home to the rel­a­tively new Key Theatre, an in­cred­i­ble 170 young­sters took part in­clud­ing 90 cubs alone. “There were so many cubs that year that they had to get changed in the nearby Bridge Street po­lice sta­tion and be es­corted across the road to the theatre by po­lice of­fi­cers - and back again af­ter the show.” There will be per­for­mances from Novem­ber 12 to Novem­ber 17, at 7:15pm from Mon­day to Thurs­day (no per­for­mance on Wed­nes­day) and at 7.30pm on Fri­day and Satur­day - plus a Satur­day mati­nee at 3pm. Tick­ets from theKey box of­fice on 01733 207239 or at vi­vac­ity.org

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