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.
Julie Ann Blythen
Sally Ann Triplett
and Arts Educational Students: Albey Brookes, Nathalie Clarke, Nathalie Millet, Buchi Osuji, Will Rogers, Will Stokes, and, Hanelle Van Wyk
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
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 House’s 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 Burt’s 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, Let’s Go On With The Show – Hit Songs From The West End & Broadway.
Clare Burt, Robert Meadmore, and, Sally Ann Triplett’s recording credits include Simply Musicals.
Janie Dee, and, Jessica Martin had previously appeared in the Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala.
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.
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 Sherrin’s 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 Let’s 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 had previously appeared on stage in Side By Side By Sondheim, a concert of highlights from the Ratepayers Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado, and at Hubert Gregg’s 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
It is perhaps worth noting that over 30 years ago, Louise Gold herself trained at the same stage school, Arts Educational, as this gala’s seven students: Albey Brookes, Nathalie Clarke, Nathalie Millet, Buchi Osuji, Will Stokes, Will Rogers, and, Hanelle Van Wyk.
Mike Dixon had previously MD’d Mrs Cole’s Music Hall.
Anita Dobson, and,
Clare Burt’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Laughter And
Tears, on which
Clare Burt, Denis Lawson, Gay Soper, and, Sally Ann Triplett’s 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 Dobson’s 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 Green’s recording credits include The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.
Sheridan Morely’s radio credits include The Radio 2 Arts Programme Chichester Festival 1994.
Stage Sound Services went on to work on Gypsy.
John Barr went on to appear in Somethin’ Good.
Louise Gold subsequently sang Bernstein’s music in Candide In Concert
Links about A Love Letter To Dan
The Kings Head Theatre’s page for the gala: http://www.kingsheadtheatre.org/LoveLetter.htm
The British Theatre Guide’s page for the gala: http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/news/lovedan.htm
Whatsonstage.com’s 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
Visit London’s page for the gala: http://www.visitlondon.com/whats_on/title?titleID=ylovcra2
UK Theatre Web’s page for the gala: http://www.dynamiclisting.com/dl/theatre/a_love_letter_to_dan/page:details/id:S0823745129
Brian May.com’s see: news section, mentioning the gala: http://www.brianmay.com/brian/briannews/briannewsjul06b.html, and what’s new section also mentioning the gala: http://www.brianmay.com/whatsnew.html
The Stage’s entry for the gala: http://uk.stagejobspro.com/d/1141
Delfont Mackintosh Theatres’s page about the gala: http://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/mt/booknowspecialevents/tribute_to_dan_crawford/
Indie London’s page about the gala: http://www.indielondon.co.uk/Theatre-Review/sunday-nights-at-the-novello-theatre
Broadway World.com’s page about the gala: http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=10590
London Theatre Guide’s page for the gala: http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/display/cm/contentId/90010
The Shaw Theatre’s entry about the gala: http://www.offwestendtheatres.co.uk/index.php?where=the_shaw&when=archive