Bromley actor’s 1000th milestone

PUBLISHED: 13:57 14 October 2011

Ian Belsey

Ian Belsey


A well-seasoned actor is celebrating his 1,000th performance in the same role of a Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera.

Singer Ian Belsey, of Shortlands Road, Bromley, says he has never grown tired of playing Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore and has travelled all over the world with the role, even performing on the QE2.

He is looking forward to treading the boards once again on home ground at Bromley’s Churchill next week with his operatic group Kentish Opera.

He said: “I have loved playing him. It has taken me to Australia, New Zealand, Burma and the QE2. I never have to learn the script anymore.”

The opera, also known as The Lass That Loved a Sailor, opened in London in 1878.

It takes place upon HMS Pinafore where the captain’s daughter is in love with a lower class sailor.

The captain arranges for his daughter to marry the first lord of the admiralty without knowing she’s fallen in love already.

Mr Belsey’s character is comical and somewhat incompetent.

He said: “He is not at all like me, which makes it great fun to play. He is unbelievably stuffy, pompous and stupid which you get a lot of laughs out of.”

However the 49-year-old, who has been an opera singer for 30 years, will not be marking the special occasion in any way.

“It’s a miracle that I have done so many shows as this,” he said.

“I don’t think there is any need to make a big deal out of it on the day. I don’t know how or why I keep being cast as the captain. It is just one of those roles that has stuck with me.”

HMS Pinafore will be at The Churchill from Wednesday, October 19 to Saturday, October 22.

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