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.