The Regents Park Open Air Theatre 70th Anniversary Gala
Louise Gold featured, as herself playing Adriana from The Boys From Syracuse, at The Regents Park Open Air Theatre, on 1 September 2002
Performers In Illustrative Extracts
David Alder (as a Major General from The Pirates
Gillian Bevan (as Luciana from The Boys From
Cameron Blackeley (as Charley from Where’s Charley)
Harry Burton (as Harold Hill from The Music Man)
Claire Carrie (as Jennifer Rumson from Paint Your Wagon)
Bernard Cribbins (as Watty Watkins from Lady Be Good)
Daniel Crossley (as A Pierrot from Oh What A Lovely War)
Joshua Dallas (as
Janie Dee (as
Peter Duncan (as Denny Machin from The Card)
Karen Evans (as Mabel from The Pirates Of
Jenny Galloway (as Luce from The Boys From
Louise Gold (as Adriana from The Boys From
Graeme Henderson (as Lucentio from Kiss Me Kate)
John Hodgkinson (as The Drill Sergeant from Oh What A Lovely War)
Jimmy Johnston (as The Pirate King from The
Dominic Marsh (as A Pierrot from Oh What A Lovely War)
Jessica Martin (as Bunny Byron from Babes In Arms)
Tam Mutu (as A Pierrot from Oh What A Lovely War)
Harry Peacock (as A Pierrot from Oh What A Lovely War)
Su Pollard (as Ruth from The Pirates Of
Lucy Quick (as Mabel from The Pirates Of
Issy Van Randwyck (as Bianca from Kiss Me Kate)
Joanna Riding (as Susie Trevor from Lady Be Good)
Liz Robertson (as Marian Paroo from The Music Man)
Clive Rowe (as Gus Esmond from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
Jenna Russell (as Nellie from The Card)
Tony Selby (as Ben Rumson from Paint Your Wagon)
Gay Soper (as Ruth from The Pirates Of
Mark Umbers (as
Giles Taylor (as The Sergeant from The Pirates
Andrew C Wadsworth (as Petruchio from Kiss Me Kate)
Gary Wilmot (As The Pirate King from The Pirates
Artistic Director -
Musical Director - Catherine Jayes
Orchestrations - Catherine Jayes, Steven Edis, William Barnett, Duncan Lamont Jnr
Band Members - Emma Fowler, Duncan Lamont Jnr, Richard Hammond, Liam Kirkham, David Berry, Robert Millett, William Barnett, Catherine Jayes
Choreography - Gillian Gregory, Lisa Kent, Kenn Oldfield
Sound Designer - Emma Laxton
Lighting Designer - Daniel Lloyd
All of the performers appearing in the show had previously appeared with The New Shakespeare Company at The Regents Park Open Air Theatre.
Louise Gold, Jenny Galloway, and Gillian Bevan
were in The Boys From Syracuse, as was
weeks up until the night before this gala, Louise Gold and
Louise Gold also reprised her The Boys From Syracuse performance of Sing For Your Supper in A Lost Musicals Occasion, but without Jenny Galloway and Gillian Bevan.
Comedy Tonight is one of those wonderful numbers often incorporated into compilation shows, for example Louise Gold has been involved in singing it in such productions as Side By Side By Sondheim, Curtain Up, and a particularly unusual performance in The Company Of Mary Poppins’s FUNdraising gala . She may also have the song (with Kenn Oldfield’s choreography) in a gala called Comedy Tonight.
Sixteen years earlier, Gillian Bevan briefly understudied/replaced Louise Gold in a production of Blood Brothers.
Judi Dench and Gay Soper also appears on the JAY/TER recording of Cabaret
John Berlyne had previously appeared in New Girl In Town
Maria Aitken, Gillian Bevan, Christopher Biggins and Steven Edis, had previously appeared in Kids At Heart, and Jessica Martin may have appeared in it.
Liz Robertson and Steven Edis had previously contributed to A Time To Start Living.
Gay Soper had previously appeared in Ratepayers' Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado
Gay Soper and Christopher Biggins had previously appeared in The Soap Opera
Peter Forbes had previously appeared in Mamma Mia, as of course have Louise Gold and Jenny Galloway
Louise Gold and Jessica Martin have appeared together on several occasions: Something For The Boys, and, A Lost Musicals Occasion. They also both worked on Spitting Image and feature on the album Spit In Your Ear, and in the documentary Best Ever Spitting Image. They have also appeared on the radio on: Let’s Do The Show Right Here.
Louise Gold, Jessica Martin, and, Abigail Langham had previously appeared in One Touch Of Venus (2000 Production)
Louise Gold, Jessica Martin, and,
Liz Robertson has previously appeared in: The Royal Variety Performance (1982), Chicago & Company, CLIC’s 18th Birthday Celebration, Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It. Side By Side By Sondheim, and the Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala. Her recording credits include Cole Porter - Night And Day, The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears and Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It. She may have appeared in Will-Aid.
Kenn Oldfield did some of the choreography for Will-Aid.
Liza Sadovy appeared in the film Billy The Kid And The Green Baize Vampire.
Issy Van Randwyck has previously appeared in: Love Life, By Jupiter, and Hot ‘n’ Spicey 2, her recording credits include Encore The Very Best From The Musicals , Cole Porter - Night And day, The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears and The History Of The Musical. Her appearance in this gala is only about her second since the memorable occasion when Louise Gold stood in for her at The Hampstead And Highgate Arts Festival (see Louise Gold Sings Some Nice Songs)
Kenn Oldfield and Louise Gold had appeared together on stage 26 years previously in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Touring Production).
Gillian Bevan and Louise Gold may also have danced Kenn Oldfield’s choreography in Comedy Tonight
Janie Dee, and, Judi Dench may also have gone on to appear in Comedy Tonight
Louise Gold and Jenny Galloway have previously appeared together in Godspell
Denis Quilley and Louise Gold have previously appeared in Let ‘Em Eat Cake
Giles Taylor had previously appeared in Into Exile
Issy Van Randwyck, Jessica Martin, and, Gay Soper went on to appear at Dress Circle Grand Reopening
Peter Duncan is of course best known for having presented Blue Peter, during his time on the programme, in 1983, Louise Gold once made an appearance as a guest in an item about the film The Dark Crystal.
It is perhaps worth noting that once, when Peter Duncan left Blue Peter (in the autumn of 1986), Clive Rowe auditioned for, but did not get, his job. He lost out to one of the best broadcasters to have graced British television and radio in the 1980’s and 90’s.
Janie Dee’s recording credits include Defiant Dames, which Clive Rowe was also involved with.
Davies and Louise Gold
went on to appear in another theatre (
Janie Dee, Joanna Riding, and, Peter Forbes had previously appeared on television on A Week In The West End.
Christopher Biggins’s recording credits include Simply Musicals.
Biggins, Bernard Cribbins,
Janie Dee, and, Joanna Riding
may have previously appeared in Dear Ralph, which
was also directed by
Gary Wilmot and Christopher Biggins went on to appear (alongside Louise Gold) in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Gary Wilmot’s recording credits include The Greatest Musicals of the 20th Century.
Liz Robertson, and, Louise Gold went on to appear in a gala dedicated to Denis Quilley, Happily Ever After.
Janie Dee, Judi Dench, Liz Robertson, Gay Soper, and, Christopher Biggins went on to appear in Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala.
Janie Dee, and, Jessica Martin went on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan.
Denis Quilley’s recording credits include The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales.
Gillian Bevan, Clive Rowe, and, Gay Soper’s recording credits include Centre Stage Showtime!.
Louise Gold has gone on to sing a very different version of Comedy Tonight in a late night FUNdraising special featuring The Company Of Mary Poppins.
Louise Gold, Jessica Martin, and, Liz Robertson went on to take part in A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh.
Jenna Russell, Christopher Biggins, and, Gillian Bevan may have previously taken part in Thing A Thon.
Robertson, Gay Soper,
Gay Soper’s recording credits include Let’s Go On With The Show – Hit Songs From The West End & Broadway.
Liz Robertson’s radio credits include The Radio 2 Arts Programme Chichester Festival 1994.
Mark Roper went on to appear in Oliver!.
Tim Piggott-Smith appeared on ITV’s 50 Greatest Shows.
“ ...not least ‘Sing for your supper’ from The Boys From Syracuse, beautifully trilled again by as good as a girls group gets - Louise Gold, Jenny Galloway and Gillian Bevan” Mike Walters, MUSICAL STAGES, Issue 35/36, Winter 2002/2003
Links about The Regents Park Open Air Theatre 70th Anniversary Gala
The Unofficial Chronology Of Dame Judi Dench’s Career’s review of the evening: http://www.djdchronology2.com/openairtheatregala2002.htm
Regents Park Theatre History (details of a fairly comprehensive book by David Corville): http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1840027347?ie=UTF8&tag=thestageonlin-21&link_code=em1&camp=2502&creative=11130&creativeASIN=1840027347&adid=915cf43c-6d60-4437-9888-3880a64a05ba
Agency Licensing Campaign (article in The Stage): http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/31022/theatre-stars-back-campaign-for-talent-agency, and Online Petition (which anyone who supports it can sign): http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41085.html , seeing as Liza Sadovy and Tim Piggott-Smith are among the stars backing this worthy campaign.