The Old Almondburians' Society
King James's School
‘Pirates of Penzance’ in 1937
It is difficult to imagine the schoolboys of today dressing in ladies' attire as cheerfully as those shown in this 1937 photograph, and it is perhaps as well that King James's is now a mixed-sex establishment. These Gilbert & Sullivan productions were an annual feature of school life from 1922 to 1938, initially being masterminded by Major Hirst and Haydn Sandwell and later by Mrs Sizer and Harry Gledhill. The tradition was revived after the Second World War with productions of The Mikado (1947), The Gondoliers (1948), The Pirates of Penzance (1949) and HMS Pinafore (1953).

n We are grateful to the AUSTIN HOLROYD (who took part in this production) for identifying the principal characters: hover your mouse cursor over the characters to reveal their names and who played their parts. A few of the cast are not identified: any information from members of the Old Almondburians ’ Society as to who played these roles will be gratefully received.
Click here for production of The Gondoliers around 1925
Austin Holroyd
Jack Reid
K Carter
Billy Douglas
Jack Gilmour
Frank Micklethwaite
A Hollings
Billy Wood
K Brook
Frank Hall
Eric Lee (Sam)
Norman Blezard (Major General)
David Thomas (Frederick)
Donald Ward (Pirate King)
Kenneth Sykes (Ruth)
G Aspinall (Chief Policeman)
Brian Ward
Colin Preston
Unidentified
John Hoyle
David Mellor
Warwick Matthews
K Whiteley
R Roussell
Des Bottomley
Sid Mitchell
Unidentified
Bob Brook
Unidentified
Unidentified
Unidentified
Unidentified
Linnaker
Teal
Smallwood
Wood
Hinchliffe
Slocombe
Firth
Levitt
Metcalfe
Rigby
Kendall
Smith
Johnson
Unidentified
Unidentified
Jarman
Unidentified
Dodson
Keith Livesey
David Lee