Louise had a featured role comically portraying Sara Jane More, one of Gerald Ford's would-be assassins, at Donmar Warehouse from 29 October 1992. It should be noted that nearly all the major characters in this Sondheim musical are loosely based on historical people.
The Proprietor -
Leon Czolgosz - Jack Ellis
John Hinckley -
Charles Guiteau - Henry Goodman
Giuseppe Zangara - Paul Harrhy
Samuel Byck - Ciaran Hinds
Lynette (Squeaky) Frome - Catheryn Bradshaw
Sara Jane More - Louise Gold
John Wilkes Booth - David Firth
The Balladeer - Anthony Barclay
David Herold - Kevin Walton
Bystanders - Paul Bentley, Michelle Fine, Sue Kelvin, Gareth Snook and Kevin Walton
Emma Goldman - Sue Kelvin
President James Garfield - Kevin Walton
James Blaine - Gareth Snook
President Gerald Ford - Paul Bentley
Lee Harvey Oswald - Gareth Snook
Music and Lyrics - Stephen Sondheim
Book - John Weidman
Original Production – 27 January 1991, Playwrights Horizons, Off-Broadway, with Debra Monk as Sarah Jane Moore.
Director - Sam Mendes
Set and Costume Designer - Anthony Ward
Lighting Designer - Paul Pyant
Musical Director -
Performance MD - Mark W Dorrell
Rehearsal pianist – Kate Young
Sound Designer - John A Leonard
Costume Supervisor - Christine Rowland
this American musical has played
The Donmar Warehouse Theatre takes it’s name from a combination of Donald Albery and Margot Fonteyn.
Ordinarily Mark Dorrell was rehersal pianist as well as performance MD, but for a rehearsal where he was unavailable as rehersal-pianist Kate Young had to deputise.
Louise Gold and David Firth had previously appeared together in The Metropolitan Mikado, and it’s highlight’s concert Ratepayers' Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado. They went on to appear together in Man Of La Mancha.
Louise Gold, David Firth and Gareth Snook went on the appear on the JAY/TER recording of Anything Goes (recording) - Website Recommended Album
Louise Gold and Mitchelle Fine were reunited on the JAY/TER recording of Stop The World I Want To Get Off.
Louise Gold and Gareth Snook later appeared on the JAY/TER recording of On The Town
Gold, Gareth Snook,
years later, Louise Gold, Henry Goodman, and
Louise Gold also went on to appear in the stage
production of Chitty Chitty Bang
Louise Gold, and, Mark Dorrall went on to contribute to the Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala, in which Stephen Sondheim himself put in an appearance.
Henry Goodman went on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan.
Michelle Fine may have gone on to appear in Dear Ralph.
Rehearsal pianist Kate Young went on to MD the first Landor Theatre production of Assassins.
Kate Young, and, Gareth Snook may have previously taken part in Thing A Thon.
Anthony Ward went on to work on Oliver!.
Mark Dorrell went on to play for Camberwell Pocket Opera’s First Fundraising Gala.
Stephen Sondheim of course also wrote the lyrics for Gypsy, for which Anthony Ward worked on the 2014 Chichester production which transferred to London in 2015.
“Their [The female contenders] discussions provide the most entertaining dialog, though it is hard to believe that Ms Moore ,... was quite as pathetic as Louise Gold’s comic portrayal” Penny Appleton, WORDS AND MUSIC, Issue 14, Janaury 1993
“And, although it’s a no-star ensemble piece,
one cannot but single out Henry Goodman’s fizzingly
energetic Guiteau, Ciaran Hinds’s
morosely self-important Samuel Byck, David Firth’s
posterity-concious Booth and the weird double-act of Cathryn Bradshaw and Louise Gold as Gerald Ford’s purative killers.”
“In a way it is a shame to single out performers
because they work so well as a team, but I did find the solo turns of Louise
many achingly funny portraits are those of
"There's a clutch of excellent performances from Kathryn Bradshaw and Louise Gold as Lynette Frome and Sarah Jane Moore (who planned to eliminate Gerald Ford)" Clive Hirschhorn, SUNDAY EXPRESS, 1 November 1992
"Henry Goodman and Louise Gold are especially memorable. The sight of Henry Goodman scampering up and down the steps of the his gallows whilst joyfully singing of his fate, of Louise Gold desperately trying to find a gun in the depths of her Mary Poppins-type bag are memories that will linger on" Nigel Howard, PLAYS AND PLAYERS, December 1992
"The two women who try to shoot a president are a wonderful double act. Cathryn Bradshaw's Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme - meets irresistibly loopy Sara Jane Moore (Louise Gold)." Kate Kellaway THE OBSERVER, 1 November 1992
cast of killers and carers is admirably integrated, so that as a rule it is
very difficult to work out which are genuine Americans and which good mimics.
The physical casting is very good:
"Among the individually and
collectively remarkable cast - Louise Gold in a gem of a minor part as the
chronically chaotic Sarah Jane Moore".
Links about Assassins
Theatre Radio’s interview with Louise Gold http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/display?contentId=88986
TheatreNow.Com interview: Gold On
Stage: Louise Gold In Follies: http://www.theatrenow.com/asp/link.htm?news.asp?art=3430&cat=1 This is an interview carried out
Limits review by
Somdheim.com page about the show: http://www.sondheim.com/shows/assassins/
Jorge’s page about the show (includes a couple of photographs): http://www.jorgeplace.com/shows_Assassins.htm