Excitement mounts as October show ‘Guys and Dolls’ nears


The pressure is on for local cast of ‘Guys and Dolls’, as rehearsals head into the final stages ahead of next months show. From 15th – 19th October the company from Stafford & District Operatic Society will take to the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre stage to present another crowd-pleaser – and tickets are selling fast!

“The show is looking fantastic,” says leading man Tom Gosling “we can’t wait to get up there and perform! ‘Guys and Dolls’ is a great show with some incredible songs that will definitely get you dancing in your seats and everyone will be leaving with a  smile on their face!”

Local man Tom, from Chebsey near Eccleshall, steps into the role of the suave Sky Masterson: a big-betting gambler willing to wager on just about anything. When eternal optimist Nathan Detroit finds his underground gambling ring at stake, he has one last shot and challenges Sky to a high stakes bet: he must capture the affections of straight-laced Salvation Army gal Sarah Brown or pay up to the tune of $1000! Their wager soon goes awry when Sky starts falling for Miss Brown – can he repent his sins and be the winner of her heart?

He has been with the Society for nearly a year now, and it’s his first real lead role in a musical.

“It’s been a real challenge, but everyone has been so fantastic and I learnt quickly that, even though we’re not a professional company, everyone gives 110% to the audience every night on the stage. I was so please to be chosen to play Sky for ‘Guys & Dolls’: ‘Luck be a Lady’ has always been one of my favourite songs. I can even remember watching Marlon Brando in the film as a child and thinking “that looks like fun”! But the stage show has so much more too – there is a real energy and feel-good vibe. I think the audiences are going to love it!

Tickets are selling quickly too, which is a real testament to the show and the reputation of the Society – I’ve had to tell my Mum to ring up and book because I don’t want her missing out!”

Tickets for ‘Guys and Dolls’ are on sale now. Performances will be at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre from Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th October. Tickets start from just £9.50 – with fantastic group rates and family tickets available. To book call 01785 602424 or visit www.staffordoperatic.org.uk. Tickets can also be bought directly from Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.