Bond, James Bond, comes to town in November. Not in another blockbuster cinema adventure but in a celebration of 50 years of Bond movie songs – many of them winners of Academy Awards.
Wellington Operatic Society’s production, ‘Shaken and Stirred’ at the Arts Centre is in the final stages of rehearsal and the cast are polishing a show that contains 30 great musical numbers – including ‘From Russia With Love’, ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, all delivered by a large, impressive ensemble who not only sing but dance too. Op Soc star Mary Lewis provides monologues as Bond’s boss, ‘M’.
Director John Walker and his team may not quite manage to get an Aston Martin onto the Arts’ Centre’s stage but there will certainly be plenty of gems, gadgets and guns – including some very convincing mock-ups of Bond’s famous Walther PPK.
The show promises to be a delight – superb songs, dance routines, effects – and fun. Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, once said that he chose ‘James Bond’ as a name because it was the dullest imaginable. ‘Shaken and Stirred’ will definitely not be dull!
Performances are at Wellington Arts Centre, Eight Acre Lane, from Tuesday 11th November to Saturday 15th November at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday 15th November at 2.30. Tickets are on sale at Nurtured by Nature in South Street or by phone on 01823 663597.