starred as one of the performers, at the Minerva Theatre,
Production was to raise funds of The Chichester Festival Theatre’s new Senheiser System (to enable members of the audience with hearing and visual impairments to fully enjoy performances)
Devised by - Desmond Barrit
Pianist - Daniel Jackson
OVERTURE: “It’s Showbiz” Medley - played by Daniel Jackson
Comedy Tonight (Stephen Sondheim) - sung by The Company
This is a Theatre (A.P Herbert) - ?
Theatre (Nicholas Smith) - ?
On the Building of the Festival Theatre (
At the Theatre (Rachael Field) - ?
The Audience at the
Chocolates (Guy Boas) - performed by Louise Gold
The Boy I Love is Up in the Gallery (George Ware) - sung by Alicia Davies
To the Lady Behind Me At The Theatre (Punch 1948) - performed by Philip Quast
The Queue (Guy Boas) - ?
The Audience (Guy Boas) - ?
Charge of the Late Brigade (Herbert Farjeon) - performed by The Company
Actors (Anon) - ?
The Repertory Actor (Guy Boas) - ?
The Boy Actor (Noel Coward) - ?
Her Voice (Oliver Herford) - ?
Epitaph for an Actor in the TV Age (Nicholas Smith) - ?
Mrs Worthington (Noel Coward) - sung by Desmond Barrit
Walk Ons (Julie Lumsden) - ?
Deep Throat (Jo Anderson) - performed by Louise Gold
My Mother Doesn’t Know I’m on the Stage (Billy Bennett) - performed by Desmond Barrit
American Student Actors (Stephen Surry) - performed by Philip Quast
Stools (Martin Charnin) - ?
Giving Notes (Victoria Wood) - performed by Louise Gold, with Philip Quast and the audience
Funny Without Being Vulgar (Harry Brett) - performed by Desmond Barrit
The Prompter (Albert Chevalier) - ?
The Critic (Guy Boas) - ?
Anecdotage (Derek Nimmo) - ?
I Was Here (Flaherty & Ahrens) - sung by Philip Quast
I’m in the RSC (Jack Klaff) - performed by Desmond Barrit
Quoting Shakespeare (Bernard Levin) - ?
When I Read Shakespeare (D.H. Lawrence) - ?
Essentials to Shakespeare (Elizabeth Jennings) - ?
They All Want to Play Hamlet (Carl Sandbirg) - ?
The Death of Romeo and Juliet (Anon) - performed by Philip Quast
Hamlet (Stanley J Sharpless) - ?
Touring Days (Noel Coward) - ?
A Touch of the Memoirs (Donald Sinden) - ?
Train Call (Donald Wolfit) - ?
Superstitions (Jonathan Field) - ?
I Should have been Knighted (Diana Whelan) - performed by Desmond Barrit
Broadway Baby (Stephen Sondheim) - sung by Louise Gold
THE CURTAIN CALL
Our Revels Now Have Ended (William Shakespeare) - ?
Exit Nonie (W S Christian) - ?
The Play is Done (William M Thackeray) - ?
Epilogue To ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’ (William Shakespeare) - ?
members of the cast had been appearing at
Desmond Barrit had been appearing as Shylock in The Merchant Of Venice, and, Sorin in The Seagull
Philip Quast had been appearing as Antonio in The Merchant Of Venice, and, Trigorin in The Seagull
Just over a week earlier Desmond Barrit, Louise Gold, and, Philip Quast had appeared in the Final Chic Cabaret 2003, where Phillip Quast also sang I Was Here.
Louise Gold and Desmond Barrit returned to
Some of the pieces presented in the show were almost certainly already very familiar to some of the performers. For example:
Louise Gold had previously sung Comedy Tonight in Side By Side By Sondheim and The Regent’s Park 70th Anniversary Gala. She has gone on to sing a very different version of it in a late night FUNdraising special featuring The Company Of Mary Poppins.
Ms Gold might also be supposed to have some familiarity with Broadway Baby, although there doesn’t appear to be any note of her having sung it before herself, she was in a few shows where other people (Bonnie Langford, Maria Friedman, Liz Robertson, and, Joan Savage) sang it, namely: Sondheim At The Barbican, Side By Side By Sondehim, Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala, and, Follies.
The Chichester Festival Theatre complex itself has previously echoed to the sound of the song Mrs Worthington when Peter Greenwell performed it in Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It.
This is a show about actors, and it is of course performed by actors, with a wealth of experience.
For example be
noted that three of them, Desmond Barrit, Louise Gold, and, Philip
Quast have all been in the RSC. (In Louise’s case actually at
Louise Gold happens to have had some connection with the world of amateur dramatics (thanks to her parents both being members of Unity Theatre) and indeed her mother has actually directed amateur theatre (starting with a Leonard Irwin play, The Wages Of Eve at Unity Theatre). Over thirty years later, Louise herself was roped into appearing with the Fall Out group.
Alicia Davies’s previous credits include The Regent’s Park 70th Anniversary Gala.
Links about Curtain Up
Philip Quast forum, very informative thread about Curtain Up!: http://pub25.bravenet.com/forum/show.php?usernum=2098859878
Philip Quast fan-site, page about Curtain Up!: http://www.allthingsquast.info/stage/plays/curtainup.htm (please note, when my computer tries to access this site is crashes, but the webmaster assures me no one else seems to have experienced this problem)
Text for Giving Notes: http://www2.prestel.co.uk/cello/GivingNotes/htm
Muppet Central Interview with Louise Gold (she mentions her parents’ involvement with amateur theatre): http://www.muppetcentral.com/articles/interviews/gold.shtml
TheatreNow.Com interview with Louise Gold about Follies (she mentions her parents’ involvement with amateur theatre): http://www.theatrenow.com/asp/link.htm?news.asp?art=3430&cat=1