Update regarding Coronavirus COVID-19

It is with regret that Pastiche announce that due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, we have taken the difficult decision in the interest of the safety of our cast, crew, musicians and audiences to postpone our upcoming production of Nunsense: The Mega Musical.

We will be sourcing alternative dates with our theatre and still fully intend to bring this wonderful and funny show to you – our nuns will be back and funnier than ever!

We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this decision will cause but hope very much that you understand and come and support us later in the year.

If you have booked tickets through Pastiche’s Box Office, we will soon be in touch to discuss your booking. If you have booked your tickets through the Compass Theatre Box Office, they will be contacting you as stated on their website.

All at Pastiche wish you well during this unprecedented time – keep washing your hands and keep yourselves safe.

Statement regarding Coronavirus COVID-19

Pastiche are monitoring the advice of Public Health England (PHE) in relation to the COVID-19 virus extremely closely and consider the health and safety of our cast, crew, musicians, staff and most of all audiences as our top priority. At present, it has not been advised that events are cancelled in the wake of the virus outbreak and as such, in true theatrical form, at present the show must/will go on until we are advised otherwise.

We are continuing to operate in Business as Usual mode and will be putting in steps to ensure that PHE advice such as hand washing can be fulfilled at The Compass when we perform. Should any further advice be issued by PHE, we will follow this advice to the letter and will announce any changes via our website and Social Media channels.

We look forward to performing this very funny show to audiences and hope very much they will come to support us and London’s Air Ambulance, the charity selected to benefit from this production.

Announcing Nunsense’s chosen charity – London Air Ambulance

With 30 days to go until our production of Nunsense: The Mega Musical opens at The Compass Theatre, we at Pastiche are very proud to announce that our chosen charity for this production is London’s Air Ambulance.

Founded in 1989, the aim of the charity is to save more lives in the London area (within the M25) through providing rapid and cutting-edge medical care to those who need it most, be it a fall from height, knife or gunshot wounds or incidents on the roads or our public transport systems.

The London Air Ambulance are able to perform open heart surgery, blood transfusions, give general anaesthetic and carry out life saving procedures in situ, meaning their actions save lives.

The Air Ambulance almost solely rely on donations to keep the service running for the 10 million people they serve – having to raise upwards of £8 million a year to be able to do so.

We were proud and honoured to visit the Air Ambulance at their Central London base recently, meeting members of the team and going up to (the very windy) 17th floor roof of a London hospital to see the Air Ambulance for ourselves and learn more about how the charity works and operates.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that all of us who went were extremely humbled to meet the heroes (a word they don’t like to use themselves) who run this vital service and to find out more about this wonderful charity.

We hope to raise as much money as we can to support this service – you can help us do so by making sure you book to see Nunsense!

Pastiche enter two week countdown to a Musical Masterpiece

Pastiche are beavering away on their upcoming production of Musical Masterpiece, which opens to the public in two weeks time (Thursday 4th October) at the Compass Theatre.

Featuring songs from famous shows and films, Musical Masterpiece features something for everything including a tribute to Musical Theatre giant Andrew Lloyd-Webber as he celebrates his 70th birthday later this year. They are also collaborating with some great online mixing services to produce a piece for the epic final act.

As always, Pastiche will be raising money for a worthy cause with our production. This time we will be donating to Meadow High School based in Hillingdon.

Meadow High School is a very large Secondary Special School that caters for pupils with complex learning needs. The school was built in 1966 for 90 pupils and 30 staff but over the years has grown to house 240 pupils and 120 staff. The school is about to have a significant rebuild to bring it up to modern specification. The money raised by Pastiche will be used to purchase equipment which cannot currently be accommodated in the old building.

Meadow is a second home to Pastiche as they very kindly provide us with rehearsal space. We are thrilled to be raising funds for this wonderful school.

Tickets are on sale now either through our own website or through the Compass Theatre Box Office

Pastiche donate almost £600 from Wild, Wild Women

A cheque for £595.56 was presented by Olivia Holburd, Director of Pastiche Musical Theatre to Relate North West London. The money was raised by audiences of our recent production of Wild, Wild Women at the Compass Theatre at the end of March 2018.

Relate are delighted with the funds raised by Pastiche and offered a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ from everyone at Relate.

The amount raised during Wild, Wild Women now takes the total amount raised by Pastiche to over £57,000! We now hope to break the £58,000 barrier with our upcoming production of Musical Masterpiece at the Compass Theatre in October 2018.

20 days until Hello, Dolly opens at The Compass Theatre

Today marks 20 days until Pastiche’s production of Hello, Dolly! opens at The Compass Theatre in Ickenham.

This production is a special one, as Pastiche marks it’s 20th birthday in 2017.

Over our 20 years we have achieved:

raised over £54,000 for local and national charities

Over 150 individual performances

Performed to over 15,000 people

Staged 38 productions at The Compass Theatre

Featured over 1000 performances from 153 individual performers

One of our company has performed in 31 of 39 of our shows!

Pastiche formed with it’s very first production in January 1997 when Jean Hobson and Jean George decided to create a one off production of Sandy Wilson’s “The Boy Friend” with the proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation, beginning a tradition of donating proceeds from our performances to local and national charities and organisations which is still proudly upheld by the company to this very day.

alan“The Boy Friend” was Pastiche’s first performance and opened at The Compass Theatre in Ickenham on Tuesday 21st January 1997. This performance was the start of a relationship with The Compass which is now twenty years old and has led to the company staging over 150 individual performances at the theatre. We will be staging our 40th production on the Compass stage in March 2017. A pretty remarkable achievement!

The success of “The Boy Friend” encouraged the company to stage another production, which it did with “Salad Days” in 1998. We staged our first concert “Showstoppers” in the summer of 1998 and ever since, we have staged a full musical and a concert each year.

about-2In the first fifteen years of its existence, Pastiche raised an incredible £50,000 for over thirty different organisations and charities based locally and nationally – supporting causes from Alzheimer’s to Great Ormond Street. We choose the organisations we raise funds for as a group and in most cases, the organisations are close to one or several of our member’s hearts. We are hoping that in 2017, our 20th year, we will break the £55,000 barrier.

about-4Pastiche prides itself on being a friendly group with a strong sense of fun and support for each other. Approximately 20% of our membership have been with the company since day one and at present we have not only families with two generations involved we even have three generations of one family as part of the group! Several of our members joined when they were children and have grown up with the company in some cases going on to study musical theatre or performing arts at college or university.

Tickets are starting to sell fast so book now to avoid disappointment!!

40 days until the first performance of Hello, Dolly!

With now just 40 days until Pastiche Musical Theatre’s first performance of Hello, Dolly! – we thought we would tell you a little bit more about our chosen charity who will benefit from our production, the wonderful Michael Sobell Hospice in Northwood.

Hello, Dolly is Pastiche’s 40th production and celebrates Pastiche’s 20th birthday. By wonderful coincidence, the Michael Sobell Hospice is celebrating it’s 40th birthday.

Our production will be raising funds for the Parent and Family Support team based at the hospice. This fundraising compliments the fundraising the hospice are doing whilst marking their 40th anniversary.

The patient and family support team helps with psychological and social difficulties, and is made up of a social work team manager, four part time palliative care counsellors, a creative therapies art leader and twelve bereavement counsellors.

Over the years, the hospice and it’s wonderful team of staff have helped thousands of families in the local area come to terms with the end of loved ones lives.

One such family is that of our Musical Director, Dan. In 2011, he and his family lost his Grandfather after a battle with cancer. As Dan says:

I am incredibly proud that our production of Hello, Dolly will be raising money for this amazing hospice to ensure that other families and loved ones receive the same care, compassion and support that my family received when we needed it most.

My Grandad went to Michael Sobell for the last few weeks of his life having been cared for at home. Understandably, this was a sad, distressing and difficult time for the whole family. It was extremely difficult for my grandmother and also for my father and aunts as we prepared to say goodbye to a much loved husband, father and grandfather.

The staff at the hospice were just sensational. During the last days of grandad’s life, they gave him the very best care to ensure that his passing was dignified, peaceful and most importantly, the way in which he wished it to eventually happen.

As well as supporting Grandad during his final days, the staff and the hospice were equally supportive of my family as they prepared to say goodbye to Grandad and immediately after we lost him. I know just how much my Dad valued their support and care and to this day remains so incredibly grateful to them for everything they did.

Losing a member of your family is one of the toughest things you ever face. The staff at Michael Sobell went above and beyond the call of duty to look after and support not just Grandad, but all of his family during this incredibly sad time in our lives.

Pastiche are thrilled to be raising money for such a worthy organisation. Tickets are on sale now for our production both at The Compass Theatre’s Box Office and through our own Box Office.

50 days until Hello, Dolly! opens

Today marks 50 days to go until our 20th birthday production of Hello, Dolly! opens at The Compass Theatre in Ickenham.

Both the Pastiche and Compass Box Offices are now open and tickets are starting to sell. To mark Pastiche’s 20th birthday we are for the first time offering a group rate on our tickets through the Pastiche Box Office – if you buy 10 or more full price seats for a single performance you will receive a £2 discount on each seat.

Don’t miss out on what looks like Pastiche’s most spectacular production yet!

Happy Birthday to original Hello Dolly star

Carol Channing as Dolly LeviAll at Pastiche Musical Theatre wish Carol Channing, the original star of Hello, Dolly! a very happy 96th birthday!

Channing originated the role of Dolly Levi in the original Broadway production back in 1964 and has since played the role thousands of times. Channing also appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie, which Pastiche staged in 2014.

Tickets for Pastiche’s upcoming production of Hello, Dolly! are on sale now.

60 days to go until we say Hello, Dolly!

Today marks 60 days to go until our 20th birthday production of Hello, Dolly! opens at The Compass Theatre in Ickenham.

Both the Pastiche and Compass Box Offices are now open and tickets are starting to sell. To mark Pastiche’s 20th birthday we are for the first time offering a group rate on our tickets through the Pastiche Box Office – if you buy 10 or more full price seats for a single performance you will receive a £2 discount on each seat.

Don’t miss out on what looks like Pastiche’s most spectacular production yet!