producer Jean Gemmell, this marked a nostalgic return to the first
show that she directed for the stage, back in her student days .
a company more accustomed to large scale productions of Verdi and
Puccini, John Gay's "ballad opera" was, however, uncharted
territory for many members of the NOCD. However, they rose to the
challenge with great enthusiasm, and recieved plaudits for their
adventurous and authentic recreation of low-life 18th Century London.
Recieving special praise for their seedy appearance, the ladies
of the chorus are still wondering if that really amounts to a compliment!
intimate atmosphere of Derby's Guildhall theatre proved an ideal
venue, and, despite the relative unfamiliarity of the work to Derby
audiences, the company realised its best financial profit on a major
production in some years.