A Love Letter To Dan

Louise Gold appeared as a singer, at The Novello Theatre (formerly The Strand Theatre), on Sunday 16th July 2006, a fundraising event for The Kings Head Theatre, and in memory of Dan Crawford.

 

Cast

John Barr

Fleur Bennett

Julie Ann Blythen

Janthea Brigden

Clare Burt

Edna Crawford

Morgan Crowley

Janie Dee

Anita Dobson

Henry Goodman

Louise Gold

Simon Green

Michael Gyngell

Jan Hartley

Graham Hoadly

Patricia Hodge

Lesley Joseph

Katherine Kastin

Andrea Kealy

Nicola Keen

Peter Land

Denis Lawson

Jon Lee

Rebecca Lock

Stephanie Lunn

Dave Lynn

Diana Martin

Jessica Martin

Linda Marlowe

Brian May

Robert Meadmore

Kim Medcalf

Sheridan Morely

Mazz Murray

Anna Nicholas

Eileen Page

Ann Pinnington

Peter Reeves

Jack Rebaldi

Angela Richards

Thelma Ruby

Gaynor Sinclaire

Stephanie Sinclaire

Fiona Sinnott

Geoff Steer

Peter Straker

Paul Tate

Alan Thompson

Sally Ann Triplett

Burnell Tucker

Mark White

and Arts Educational Students: Albey Brookes, Nathalie Clarke, Nathalie Millet, Buchi Osuji, Will Rogers, Will Stokes, and, Hanelle Van Wyk

 

Production Team

Produced by Stephanie Sinclaire, and, Caroline Smith

Musical Directors Michael Reed, and, Mike Dixon

Directed by Dougie Squires

Assistant Director Sherrill Gow

Choreographers Doreen Hermitage, and, Lisa Lee

Production Manager Paul Hennessy for The Production Desk

Event Production Manager Ben Arkell for The Production Desk

Stage Managers Spencer New, and, Steve Bush for The Production Desk

Assistant Stage Managers Katie Christ, and, Kristina Nilles

Lighting Designer Jon Pope

Lx Programmer Rob Halliday

Sound Orbital Sound

Projection Andrew Pittaway for Stage Sound Services

Press/PR Consultant Della Edwards

Piano Hire - Marksons

 

For a full review/account of the show, please click here.

It should perhaps be noted that as this gala was in aid of The Kings Head Theatre in Islington most of the performers taking part had at one time or another appeared at The Kings Head, or had some sort of connection with it. There were however a few performers with no prior connection with the theatre (other perhaps than visiting it during their time off). Among those taking part in this gala who have never actually appeared at The Kings Head is Louise Gold.

However, it may be noted that in a television documentary Dan Crawford had once mentioned that he got the idea to put on One Touch Of Venus at the Kings Head (starring Kim Medcalf as Venus); after having seen the Lost Musicals production, One Touch Of Venus 2000 Production) at the Royal Opera Houses Linbury Studio.

Janie Dee, Louise Gold, Simon Green, Rebecca Lock, Robert Meadmore, Sheridan Morely, and, Sally Ann Triplett (along with some other current representatives of the Arts Educational School) had (less than two months) previously appeared at The Novello Theatre in Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala, for which Orbital had previously provided the sound system, and Della Edwards the PR.

Janthea Brigden has also worked under the name Janthea Williams.

Clare Burts recording credits include Cabaret, Encore The Very Best From The Musicals, Cole Porter - Night And Day, Centre Stage Showtime!, The Greatest Musicals of the 20th Century, and, Lets Go On With The Show Hit Songs From The West End & Broadway.

Clare Burt, Robert Meadmore, and, Sally Ann Tripletts recording credits include Simply Musicals.

Janie Dee has previously appeared on television in A Week In The West End, and may have appeared on stage in Comedy Tonight.

Janie Dee, and, Jessica Martin had previously appeared in the Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala.

Graham Hoadly had previously appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Henry Goodman had previously appeared on stage in Assassins, and, Of Thee I Sing, and on the radio in Let Em Eat Cake.

Henry Goodman, and, Anna Nicholas had previously appeared in Follies.

Simon Green, Peter Land, Robert Meadmore, Angela Richards, and, Peter Straker may have previously appeared in Will Aid.

Simon Green, Robert Meadmore, and, Angela Richards had previously appeared in Kids At Heart; which Patricia Hodge, and, Jessica Martin may have appeared in; and which Lesley Joseph may possibly have appeared in (but that is not too likely). One of its choreographers was however Doreen Hermitage. That gala also included amongst its company a dancer named Nichola Keen which might possibly Nicola Keen.

Simon Green, and, Angela Richards had previously appeared in A Time To Start Living.

Simon Greens recording credits include The History Of The Musical. He went on to appear in Flaunt It 2008.

Michael Gyngell had previously appeared in Oh Kay.

Jan Hartley, and, Robert Meadmore had previously appeared in The Soap Opera.

Graham Hoadley had previously appeared in Squeak.

Patricia Hodge, and, Jessica Martin had previously appeared on the radio in Ned Sherrins Review Of Revue.

Lesley Joseph, and, Angela Richards had previously appeared in Chicago & Company.

Lesley Joseph had previously appeared in Broadway To Brighton.

Jessica Martin, and, Sheridan Morely had previously appeared on the radio on Lets Do The Show Right Here.

Jessica Martin had previously appeared on stage in Something For The Boys, One Touch Of Venus (2000 Production), Dress Circle Grand Reopening (where she also sang a Dick Vosburgh lyric), and, A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh. Her television credits include voice-work on Spitting Image, and her recording credits include Spit In Your Ear. She also appeared in the documentary Best Ever Spitting Image.

Jessica Martin, and, Thelma Ruby had previously appeared in A Lost Musicals Occasion (where Jessica also sang a Dick Vosburgh lyric).

Janie Dee may have previously appeared in Dear Ralph, which Linda Marlow did some direction for, Spencer New was the chargehand stage, and The Kings Head Theatre, Islington were also involved.

Robert Meadmore, and, Sally Ann Triplett had previously appeared in the Metropolitan Mikado. Their recording credits include 100 Hits Musicals.

Robert Meadmore had previously appeared on stage in Side By Side By Sondheim, a concert of highlights from the Ratepayers Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado, and at Hubert Greggs Memorial Service. He has previously appeared on television in Julia And Company. His recording credits include The Great Musicals Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens. He has gone on to take part in Shopping With The Stars 2008.

Robert Meadmore, Angela Richards, and, Sally Ann Triplett had previously appeared in Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala.

Sheridan Morely, Angela Richards, and, Michael Reed had previously appeared on the radio in Sondheim At The Barbican.

Anna Nicholas had previously appeared in The Boys From Syracuse, and, A Midsummer Nights Dream.

Sally Ann Triplett had previously appeared on stage in Happily Ever After, and on television in Rita Rudner. Her recording credits include The Best Of The Musicals.

It is perhaps worth noting that over 30 years ago, Louise Gold herself trained at the same stage school, Arts Educational, as this galas seven students: Albey Brookes, Nathalie Clarke, Nathalie Millet, Buchi Osuji, Will Stokes, Will Rogers, and, Hanelle Van Wyk.

Michael Reed devised the score for Ziegfeld (stage show), and contributed to Ziegfeld (recording). His recording credits also include Great Duets From The Musicals.

Mike Dixon had previously MDd Mrs Coles Music Hall.

Orbital Sound had previously provided the sound for Kiss Me Kate, and, Noises Off.

Anita Dobson, and, Michael Reeds recording credits include The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales.

Graham Hoadly and Denis Lawsons recording credits include The Great Musicals Glamour And Majesty, on which Michael Reed also conducted.

Clare Burts recording credits include The Great Musicals Laughter And Tears, on which Michael Reed also conducted.

Clare Burt, Denis Lawson, Gay Soper, and, Sally Ann Tripletts recording credits include Magic Of The Musicals.

Anna Francolini was originally scheduled to appear in this gala, but due to personal matters had to pull out.

It is perhaps worth noting that Anita Dobsons musical theatre credits include the musical Eurovision.

At the time of this gala Rebecca Lock was appearing in Mary Poppins.

Clare Burt, Angela Richards, Peter Straker, Simon Green, Sally Ann Triplett, Lesley Joseph, Patricia Hodge, and, John Barr may have previously taken part in Thing A Thon.

Patricia Hodge went on to take part in Shopping With The Stars 2009.

Clare Burt, and, Simon Greens recording credits include The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.

Sheridan Morelys radio credits include The Radio 2 Arts Programme Chichester Festival 1994.

 

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Links about A Love Letter To Dan

The Kings Head Theatres page for the gala: http://www.kingsheadtheatre.org/LoveLetter.htm

Graham Hoadlys page for the show, on his website: http://www.hoadlyg.freeserve.co.uk/html/theatre_LoveLetterToDan.htm

The British Theatre Guides page for the gala: http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/news/lovedan.htm

Whatsonstage.coms pages for the gala: http://whatsonstage.com/dl/theatre/page:details/id:L01878138962/a_love_letter_to_dan/novello_theatre_(formerly_the_strand) and http://www.whatsonstage.com/dl/page.php?page=details&id=L01878138962&PHPSESSID=bdcfa59f769ae7ef1c

The Stephen Sondheim Societys page advertising the gala: http://www.sondheim.org/php/news.php?id=1950

Visit Londons page for the gala: http://www.visitlondon.com/whats_on/title?titleID=ylovcra2

UK Theatre Webs page for the gala: http://www.dynamiclisting.com/dl/theatre/a_love_letter_to_dan/page:details/id:S0823745129

Brian May.coms see: news section, mentioning the gala: http://www.brianmay.com/brian/briannews/briannewsjul06b.html, and whats new section also mentioning the gala: http://www.brianmay.com/whatsnew.html

The Stages entry for the gala: http://uk.stagejobspro.com/d/1141

Michael Praeds fanclubs item about the gala: http://fanfare.michael-praed.com/Club%20News.html

Delfont Mackintosh Theatress page about the gala: http://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/mt/booknowspecialevents/tribute_to_dan_crawford/

Indie Londons page about the gala: http://www.indielondon.co.uk/Theatre-Review/sunday-nights-at-the-novello-theatre

Broadway World.coms page about the gala: http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=10590

London Theatre Guides page for the gala: http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/display/cm/contentId/90010

The Shaw Theatres entry about the gala: http://www.offwestendtheatres.co.uk/index.php?where=the_shaw&when=archive

 

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