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CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF London run: Theatre Royal Stratford East, Feb 10 – March 19 (Limited run) Music: Ian Armit & Carl Zeller Book: Ken Hill Director: Ken Hill Choreographer: Lindsay Dolan Musical Director: Alasdair MacNeil Cast: Steven Pacey (Old Baron), Robin Nedwell (D’Arcy), Judith Bruce (Mrs Bancroft), Reginald Marsh (Dr Bancroft), Diana Morrison (Kitty), Toni Palmer (Ingeborg) Terence Hardinam (Professor Steiner) Bogdan Kominowski (Inspector Kruger) Songs: We’re Going to Have some Fun, A Meeting by Moonlight, Every Walpurgisdorfer Knows, The Moon is Full, Who Needs the Words? Story: Dr and Mrs Bancroft, with daughter Kitty, are visiting an old friend from medical school, who now lives and works with mental patients in a crumbling castle in a part of Germany swarming with wolves. Daughter Kitty is much taken with the dishy Baron – but she ought to have known. . . it’s always the dishy ones you have to look out for. . . Notes: With yodelling lederhosen-clad chorus boys, and fluffy rabbits and squirrels swaying in the trees, singing along to the music of 19th Century opera composer Carl Zeller and new lyrics by Ken Hill, this was a pantomime-type romp (similar in style to Ken Hill’s “Phantom of the Opera” – the pre-Lloyd Webber version.)

HOT SHOE SHUFFLE London run: Queen’s Theatre, March 22 (175 Performances) Music: Various Director: David Atkins Choreographer: David Atkins & Dein Perry Musical Director: David Stratton Producer: Helen Montagu

Cast: David Atkins, Dean Perry, Kevin Coyne, Christopher Horsey, Sheldon Perry, Dale Pengelly, Adam Garcia, Rhonda Burchmore, Jack Webster Songs: Putting on the Ritz, Birth of the Blues, It Don’t Mean a Thing, Little Brown Jug Story: Seven brothers and their newly discovered sister must learn their late father’s tap-dancing routines in order top inherit millions. Starting off comically bumping into each other a lot, and ending up dancing with tremendous vitality and flair – the show is an excuse for a song and dance exhibition “which a generation ago would have been a speciality act in a revue and is now elevated to an entire evening’s entertainment.”


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THE BOY FRIEND (3rd Revival)

Producer: Dominic le Foe for Players Ventures

Cast: Jane Stoggles (Hortense), Gemma Page (Polly Browne), Oliver Hickey (Tony), James Davies (Bobby van Husen), Karen Clegg (Maisie), Judith Bruce (Mme Dubonnet) This was a 40th Anniversary production at the venue where the show was first created in 1954. Notes: See Original London production, Wyndham’s, January 1954 First revival: Comedy Theatre, November 1967 Second Revival: Old Vic/Albery July 1984

SUNSET BOULEVARD (Revised version) London run: Adelphi Theatre, July 12th ( Total : 1,529 Performances) Revised version: April 19th 1994 Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Don Black Book: Christopher Hampton Director: Trevor Nunn Choreographer: Bob Avian Musical Director: David White

Photo by Donald Cooper

Producer: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Cast: Betty Buckley (Norma Desmond), John Barrowman (Joe Gillis), Anita Louise Combe (Betty Schaefer), Michael Bauer (Max), Ian Burford (Cecil B De Mille), Harry Ditson (Sheldrake), Nicolas Colicos (Manfred), Gareth Snook (Artie Green) Notes: At the end of March 1994 “Sunset Boulevard” closed for three weeks, and re-opened in a revised version. This new version was the same as had been reworked for the USA premiere in Los Angeles in December 1993. Lloyd Webber had reworked both the book and score, tightening the production, better organizing the orchestrations, and adding the song "Every Movie's A Circus". The revamped musical had a new set, and new stars,Betty Buckley and John Barrowman. Michael Betty Buckley & John Barrowman Bauer, who had played DeMille in the original production, moved up to the role of Max, and Anita Louise Combe who had understudied the role for the first nine months, moved up to play Betty Shaeffer. This new production was better received by the critics and was described as “Brighter, clearer and sharper”. It was also quite a bit shorter. Early in 1997, Andrew Lloyd Webber announced the immediate closure of both the West End and Broadway productions, claiming it was impossible to find cast replacements of sufficiently high quality. (Later it was disclosed the whole undertaking had lost an absolute fortune and was seriously impacting on the overall finances of Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Company. The sum of money paid to Faye Dunaway for breach of contract when she was sacked from the USA version was never disclosed, but it was claimed that Patti LuPone, initially promised the Broadway run, sued Lloyd Webber and received a settlement reported to be $1 million. According to Broadway critic Frank Rich in his book “The Hot Seat”, these lawsuits contributed to “Sunset Boulevard” setting the record for the biggest loss ever made on a musical show. The operating costs exceeded the income, and the touring companies also generated large financial losses. In spite of running for more than two years and selling over a million tickets on Broadway, Rich puts the final losses near or above $20 million.

Photo by Robert Workamn

London run: Players Theatre, April 14 – May 8 Music & Lyrics : Sandy Wilson Director: Maria Charles Choreographer: Geoffrey Webb Musical Director: Geoffrey Brawn


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GREAT BALLS OF FIRE London run: Lyric Hammersmith, April 20 – May 7 Music: Various Book: David Graham Director: David Graham Choreographer: Laurel Ford Musical Director: Grantley Buck Photo by Tristram Kenton

Producer: DGM Productions

Cast: Mike Berry (Archie), Georgina Field (May-Ellen), Grantley Buck (Frankie), Julie Livesey (Sherry), Jack Pinder (Eddie), Jason Baron (Ritzi), Miles Danso (Dumbo), Mark Sangster (Skunk) Songs: Personality, Walk Right Back, All I Have to do is Dream, Lipstick on your Collar, Only You

Jason Baron & Jack Pinder

Story: The Romantics are a rock group aspiring to stardom under the management of moronic Archie, whose office happens to be a diner, and whose “secretary” is the diner-waitress, May-Ellen. The Romantics consist of reptilian Eddie, cute Ritzi, dim Dumbo, and redneck Skunk. They audition by giving a concert in the diner. And that is that! Notes: From the Evening Standard: “ (At one point). . . Archie yells jubilantly ‘Are we gonna have some fun tonight or what?’ I’d say it falls into the ‘or what’ category.”

Photo by Cullen Henshaw

PACIFIC OVERTURES (1st Revival) London run: Bridewell, April 25th—May 21st Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: James Lapine Director: Carol Metcalfe Musical Director: Dominic McGonigal Cast: Roland Bearne, Francis Crampsie, Lyanna Iveson, Thomas Monk, Rosalind Moore, Clive Paget, Tim Sawers, Victoria Simmonds, Marton York. This was the second production by the resident company at the newly opened Bridewell Theatre—a converted Victoria swimming bath and laundry, just off Fleet Street. There were acoustic and spatial problems with the new venue, and the peculiar effect of the orchestra being hidden in what used to be the swimming pool and the conductor occasionally popping his head above stage for the benefit of the singers. The production chose to use a mixed cast (the original had used an all-male cast in the Japanese Kabuki traditions). It was felt that what had been big and unwieldy on the Coliseum stage at its premiere now gained a great deal from its more intimate setting and performance space, but generally the performance and production was felt to be a bit lacklustre and unexciting. See original London production: Coliseum, September 1987


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COPACABANA London run: Prince of Wales, June 23rd (525 Performances) Music: Barry Manilow Lyrics: Bruce Sussman & Jack Feldman Book: Barry Manilow, Bryce Sussman & Jack Feldman Director: Roger Redfarn Choreographer: Dorian Sanchez Musical Director: Andy Rumble Cast: Gary Wilmot (Tony/Stephen), Nicola Dawn (Lola), Richard Lyndon (Rico), Anna Nicholas (Conchita), Howard Attfield (Sam), Jenny Logan (Gladys), Duncan Smith (McManus) Songs: Who Needs to Dream, Sweet Heaven, Dancin’ Fool, Man Wanted, Just Arrived, Jump Shout Boogie, At the Copacabana

Notes: A lavish production with loads of feathers, glitz and computerised effects, said to be filled with girls with pineapples on their heads and fruit around their genitalia – the critics praised the cast, but hated the show. The legions of Barry Manilow fans kept it running for fifteen months, although the business fell away once Gary Wilmot left the cast (he was replaced by Darren Day towards the end of the first year).

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (2nd Revival) London run: London Palladium, June 28 - September 3 Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Book: Joseph Stein Director-Choreographer: Jerome Robbins (re-produced by Sammy Dallas Bayes) Musical Director: Nick Barnard Cast: Topol (Tevye), Sara Kestelman (Golde), Margaret Robertoson (Yente), David Bacon (Lazar Wolf), Peter Darling (Perchick), Jacquelyn Yorke (Tzeitel), Neil Rutherford (Motel), Adi Topol-Margalith (Chava), George Little (Innkeeper), Millie Kieve, Alastair Bull It had been 27 years since Topol first played Tevye in London, and it was reckoned he had now played the role some 1,500 times. Back in 1967 at the age of 31 he had to leave the role to return to Israel to fight in the Six Day War – and his understudy, George Little, took over for the duration. George Little was also in this current revival, playing the part of the Innkeeper. This time, too, Topol’s daughter, Adi, was in the show, playing his stage daughter. Notes: See original London production, Her Majesty's, February 1967 First revival: Apollo Victoria June 1984

Photo by Clive Barda

Story: Set in the 1940s, struggling composer Stephen writes a song (“Copacabana”), about the ambitious Lola arriving in Manhattan from Oklahoma, intent on becoming a showgirl. In the song she is kidnapped by Rico and whisked off to Havana. But all ends happily when she is rescued by the heroic Tony who shoots Rico and gets his girl.


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ROCKY HORROR SHOW (2nd Revival)

Photo by Houston Rogers

London run: Duke of York’s Theatre , June 29 (69 Performances) Music & Lyrics: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Malcolm Choreographer: Stuart Hopps Musical Director: Dave Brown Producer: Christopher Malcolm, Rocky Horror London Ltd

Cast: Nicholas Parsons (Narrator), Jonathan Morris (Frank-n-Furter), David Ingram (Rocky Horror), Paul Collis (Brad), Sophie Lawrence (Janet), Kraig Thornber (Riff-Raff), Patricia Quinn (Magenta), Joanne Redman (Columbia), Peter Gallagher(Eddie/Dr Scott)

Patricia Quinn, Kraig Thornber & Joanne Redman

This was back in the West End to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the show’s opening. It was more or less the same production from 1990, and had been touring. Notes: See original production: Theatre Upstairs (Royal Court), June 19th 1973 Transferred to the Comedy Theatre, April 1979; First revival: Piccadilly Theatre, July 1990

SHE LOVES ME (1st Revival)

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London run: Savoy Theatre, July 12th (407 Performances) Music: Jerry Black Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Book: Joe Masteroff Director: Scott Ellis Choreographer: Rob Marshall Musical Director: Robert Scott Cast: Ruthie Henshall (Amalia Balash), John Gordon-Sinclair (Georg Nowack), Tracie Bennett (Ilona Ritter), Gerard Casey (Steven Kodaly), David de Keyser (Zoltan Maraczek), Barry James (Ladislaw Sipos)

John Gordon Sinclair & Ruthie Henshall

This much-praised revival ran until the start of July, 1995 – almost one year. See Original London run: Lyric Theatre, April 1964

THE CARD (1st Revival) London run: Open Air Theatre, August 1 – September 6 Music & Lyrics: Tony Hatch & Jackie Trent New lyrics: Anthony Drewe Book: Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall Director: Ian Talbot Choreographer: Gillian Gregory Musical Director: Catherine Jayes Photo by Alastair Muir

Producer: Cameron Mackintosh

Cast: Peter Duncan (Denry Machin), Jane Lowe (Mrs Machin), John Turner (Mr Duncalf), Hayley Mills (Countess of Chell) , Jessica Martin (Ruth Earp), Jenna Russell (Nellie Cotterill) Notes: Following its open air season the production went on a UK Tour. See Original London production: Queen’s Theatre, July 1973

Peter Duncan & Hayley Mills


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THE OFFICIAL TRIBUTE TO THE BLUES BROTHERS (1st Revival) London run: Comedy Theatre, September 21st (46 Performances) Music: Various Director: David Leland Choreographer: Carole Todd Musical Director: Tony McCormick Cast: Mark White (Jake), Giles New (Elwood), Doreen Chanter, Paul Murphy, Mary Pearce (The Bluettes). Notes: This was back in the West End after its UK tour. The show now had a new title: “The Official Tribute to the Blues Brothers” suggesting that somewhere along the way it had received approval from the Belushi family.

ONLY THE LONELY London run: Piccadilly Theatre, September 27 1994 – October 14 1995 Transferred to the Whitehall Theatre, October 19 1995 – March 10, 1996 (Performance total: 611 Performances) Music: Various Book: Shirlie Roden & Jon Miller Director: Bill Kenwright/Ian Kellgren Musical Director: Keith Hayman Producer: Bill Kenwright

Cast: Larry Branson (Roy Orbison), James Carroll Jordan (Bobbie Blackburn), Stephen Tremblay (Wesley Orbison), Martin Glyn-Murray (Bruce Springsteen), Catherine Porter (Claudette, Mrs Orbison) Sophy Ackroyd , Paul Besterman, Shelley Blond, Rob Jarvis, Kevin Jones, Dave Mayberry, Anne Smith Songs: Running Scared, It’s Over, Pretty Woman, Blue Bayou, Only the Lonely. Story: The late Roy Orbison’s life story is told to his son Wesley by his father’s best friend, Bobbie Blackburn. His real-life story was a dramatic one: young wife killed in a motorcycle accident, infant children die in fire, fame, followed by 20 years in the Wilderness, then back on top again, only to suffer a heart attack. During his career he appeared alongside artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Dusty Springfield, Bob Dylan, Patsy Cline and the Beatles – and various cast members shared these roles, creating a gripping life-story and some great music. Notes: Larry Branson bore an uncanny resemblance to Roy Orbison and had toured the USA for several years in a tribute show. In May 1995 the cast was joined by P. J. Proby with his own 15 minute spot, and the show underwent a few changes, being re-named “The Roy Orbison Story”. The show transferred to the Whitehall Theatre in October 1995 and finally closed on March 10th 1996.

Larry Branson

Roy Orbison


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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND London run: Royalty Theatre (renamed “Island”), September 28th (145 Performances) Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics & Book: Lynn Ahrens Director: David Toguri/Gwenda Hughes Choreographer: David Toguri Musical Director: Martin Lowe Cast: Lorna Brown (Ti Moune), Anthony Corriette (Daniel), P.P.Arnold (Erzulie, goddess of Love), Sharon D. Clarke ( Asaka, goddess of Earth), Clive Rowe (Papa Ge – Death) , Trevor Michael Georges (The Water God), Suzanne Packer, Shezwae Powell, Mark Vincent, Johnny Worthy Songs: We Dance, One Small Girl, And the Gods Heard Her Prayer, Forever Yours, Mama Will Provide, Why We Tell the Story

Notes: Based on the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy, this is basically an all-black adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “Little Mermaid” story. The musical originally opened on Broadway in October 1990 and ran for 469 performances. The British premiere opened at the Birmingham Rep in July 1994 and immediately transferred to the West End.

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN London run: King’s Head, November 21 – December 18 (Limited run) Music & Lyrics: Thomas Morgan & Kevin Meatcher Director: Dan Crawford Choreographer: Irving Davies Musical Director: Nick Finlow Cast: Gary Cady (Peter Carter), Fiona Sinnott (June), Martin Connor (Conductor), Simon Clark (Abraham Farlan), Michael Medwin (Dr Reeves), Brogden Miller (Bob Trubshaw), Godfrey Kenton (Judge) Songs: Everyone’s a Fool for Love, What Keeps Dreamers Awake Story: In the last week of the Second World War, Peter Carter, a British airman, bales out over the Channel without a parachute, having previously made radio contact with June, an American girl at the base. He should have died. Perhaps he did. The divine authorities had their eye off the ball and did not record the event. Thus he is stuck in limbo, torn between going to Heaven or returning to earth with the girl. A Heavenly conductor is sent down to sort things out, appointing Abraham Farlan to prosecute on behalf of the laws of the Universe, and Doctor Reeves to defend, arguing that “Love is the Law” Notes: Based on the film “A Matter of Life and Death” by Michael Power and Emeric Pressburger which originally starred David Niven and Marius Goring, this show won the 1994 Vivian Ellis Best New Musical Award.

Photo by Donald Cooper

Story: During a terrible thunderstorm the following story is told in an effort to calm a frightened young girl: Once on this island in the time of black slaves and Creole aristocrats, the orphan Ti Moune fell in love with the well-born mulatto landowner Daniel as she nursed him following a car accident. However, they could never marry: his skin colour was creamy coffee, hers was black jet. Ti Moune made a pact with the local gods – her life for Daniel’s. He survived to marry another, and she died of grief, but the gods turned her into a palm tree and she was able to provide shelter for Daniel’s home for all his life.


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OUT OF THE BLUE London run: Shaftesbury Theatre, November 23rd (20 Performances) Music: Shub-Ichi Tokura Book & Lyrics: Paul Sand Director: David Gilmore Choreographer: John Combe Musical Director: Simon Lee Producer: Tokura Productions UK

Cast: James Graeme (Father Marshall), Greg Ellis (Young James), Meredith Braun (Hideko), Simon Burke (Young Hiyashi), David Burt (Old Hiyashi), Stephanie Lao (Young Hana) , Paulette Ivory (Grown up Hana), Michael McCarthy (Dr Akizuki) Story: The story moves backwards and forwards between 1945 in Nagasaki and 1970 in Boston and tells of John Marshall, an American prisoner-of-war , who, after the war, married Hideko, the Japanese sister of his brutal camp commandant, Hiyashi. Hideko bore him a child but succumbed to radiation sickness, and then Hiyashi informed Marshall that Hana, the child, had also died. Marshall returned to the USA and became a Catholic priest. On the 25th anniversary of the Nagasaki bomb Father Marshall meets Dr Akizuki, on a lecture tour for Peace, and is persuaded to make his first return visit, only to discover that Hana survived, as did his brother-in-law, unforgiving, still fighting a personal war against America. Notes: This was a sung-through soft-rock piece, and the programme contained a heartfelt plea for nuclear disarmament from the Mayor of Nagasaki. However well intentioned the piece, the critics unanimously agreed the whole show was a total, confused mess, offering trite lyrics, and bland and dull music. However, the show had been performed with enormous success throughout Japan.

CALAMITY JANE London run: BAC Main, December 9 – January 21 (Limited run) Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster Book: Charles K. Freeman Director: Phil Willmot Choreographer: Jack Gunn Musical Director: Annemarie Lewis Thomas Producer: The Steam Industry

Photo by Robert Workman

Cast: Leigh McDonald (Calamity Jane), Jason Griffiths (Wild Bill Hickok), Nigel Denham, (Lieutenant Danny Martin), Tina Deen (Adelaide Adams), Michelle Bissell (Katie Brown), Matthew Woolcott (Francis Fryer) Songs: The Deadwood Stage, I Just Blew in from the Windy City, Black Hills of Dakota, A Woman’s Touch, Secret Love, ‘Tis Harry I’m Planning to Marry Leigh McDonald & Michelle Bissett

Story: The rootin’ tootin’ cowboys of Deadwood City are drooling over cigarette cards of singer Adelaide Adams, so the pistol-toting, Calamity Jane, always eager to be one of the boys, promises to go to Chicago and bring back this star performer to perform in Henry Miller’s bar. She returns in triumph, but doesn’t realise she has brought back Adelaide’s humble maid, Katie Brown, instead of the real thing. Troubles grow because Calamity has her heart set on Lieutenant Danny Martin, but Danny hits it off with Katie/Adelaide instead. However, it’s been clear from the start that Calamity really should end up with the much more suitable Wild Bill Hickok – and, once all the misunderstandings, mistaken identities and so on are sorted out – that’s exactly what happened. Notes: This stage version was adapted from the Doris Day/Howard Keel film screenplay by James O’Hanlon


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OLIVER (4th Revival) London run: London Palladium, December 8,1994 - February 21, 1998 Music, Lyrics, Book: Lionel Bart Director: Sam Mendes Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Musical Director: Martin Koch Producer: Cameron Mackintosh

Cast: Jonathan Pryce (Fagin), Sally Dexter (Nancy), Miles Anderson (Bill Sykes), Gregory Bradley/James Daley (Oliver), Paul Bailey/Adam Searles (Artful Dodger), James Saxon (Mr Bumble), Jenny Galloway (Widow Corney), David Delve (Mr Sowerberry) This ÂŁ3.5 million lavish production was praised as the ultimate version, and went on to become the longest-running show in the history of the London Palladium. Subsequent Fagins included George Layton, Jim Dale, Russ Abbott, Robert Lindsay and Barry Humphries. Subsequent Nancys included Claire Moore, Ruthie Henshall and Sonia Swaby. A huge success. Notes: See original Production, New Theatre June 1960 First revival: Piccadilly Theatre, April 1967 Second revival: Albery Theatre, December 1977 Third revival: Aldwych Theatre, December 1983

Jonathan Pryce

FLORA THE RED MENACE London run: Orange Tree, December 5th (65 Performances) Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Book: David Thompson Director: Sam Walters Choreographer: Christine Ling Musical Director: Matthew Strachan Cast: Lucy Treager (Flora), Dale Rapley (Harry), Elizabeth Mansfield (Charlotte), Christopher Staines, Colin Farrell, Nicola Fulljames, Graeme Henderson, Julie-Ann Ward, John Hudson Songs: Dear Love, All I Need is One Good Break, Knock Knock, Sing Happy, Palamino Pal, Not Every Day of the Week, Express Yourself. Story: In the 1930s Depression years, Flora, a naĂŻve young girl, encouraged by Harry, her boy friend, joins the Communist Party. However she is not really committed to the cause, unlike Charlotte, who is far more dedicated to the Red cause and even more committed to Harry himself. Harry resists her advances, and he and Flora get back together. Notes: The original Broadway production in 1965 featured 19 year old Liza Minelli and lasted only 87 performances, though it won Liza a Tony Award for best actress. The original show had a book by George Abbott and Robert Russell. Over 20 years later the show was given a new book by David Thompson and several additional Kander and Ebb songs and the new version was presented off-Broadway in 1987. This was its London premiere (though it had been performed at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge in 1992)


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THE THREEPENNY OPERA (3rd Revival) London run: Donmar Warehouse, December 14th (109 Performances) Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics & Book: Bertolt Brecht (trans. Robert David MacDonald) New lyrics: Jeremy Sams Director: Phyllida Lloyd Choreographer: Quinny Sacks Musical Director: Gary Yershon

This production was much praised for Jeremy Sams’ new lyrics which were felt to reflect the contemporary spirit intended by Brecht’s original. It was set in the future – 2001 – with the coronation of Britain’s next king, William V.

Photo by Mark Douet

Cast: Tom Hollander (Macheath), Tom Mannion (Peachum), Beverley Klein (Mrs Peachum) ,Sharon Small (Polly), Natasha Bain (Lucy Brown), Tara Hugo (Jenny), Ben Albu, Simon Walter, Jeremy Harrison

Tom Mannion & Beverley Klein

Notes: See Original London production, Royal Court, February 1956. First revival: Prince of Wales, February 1972 Second revival: Olivier Theatre, March 1986

PETER PAN – THE BRITISH MUSICAL London run: Cambridge Theatre, December 20 – January 21 1995 Music, Lyrics & Book: Piers Chater-Robinson Director: Pier Chater Robinson Choreographer: George May Musical Director: Chris Summerfield Producer: Elly Mercer

Cast: Ron Moody (Capt. Hook/Mr Darling), Nicola Stapleton (Peter Pan), Debbie Wall (Wendy), Rosemary Williams (Mrs Darling), Pinky Amador (Tiger Lily), Harry Dickman (Smee), David Anthony (Nana) Notes: Apart from the welcome reappearance of Ron Moody in the West End after a long absence, there was hardly anything to recommend this new musical version of J.M.Barrie’s famous story. The Times said: “This dreadful musical hovers, or rather wobbles, between the insufferably twee and the lethally stupid”. The Sunday Telegraph: “. . there are naff tunes, naffer lyrics, and dowdy sets. . .”

Ron Moody & Nicola Stapleton


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