A Glittering Celebration of Comedy
A Tribute To Roy Kinnear
Louise Gold was scheduled to feature as a singer in Comedy Tonight - a fundraising event in aid of The Roy Kinnear Trust, at The Royal National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre, on Sunday 12 June 1994
Note: Please note the cast listing and running order is not necessarily accurate, the webmaster wasn’t present and so is having to use the original printed programme of events as a guide. I don’t even know whether Ms Gold actually took part in this!
Umpired by - David Kernan and Hugh Wooldridge
Keith Baxter, Marti Caine, David Frost, Eddie Izzard,
Trevor Nunn, Peter O’Toole,
(Subject To Availability): Nicholas Amer, Robert
Bathurst, Gillian Bevan, Helena Bonham-Carter, Tim
Brooke-Taylor, Rhonda Burchmore, Clive Carter, Kenneth
Cope, Barry Cryer, Larry Dann, Frances de la Tour, Janie Dee, Judi
Dench, Frank Finlay, David Frost, Louise Gold, John
Gould, Sheila Hancock, Linzi Hately, Melvyn Hayes, Charlton Heston, Alan
Howard, Lila Kaye, David Kernan, Diane
Langton, George Layton, Johnny Lyons, Millicent Martin,
Joe Melia, Claire Moore, Brian
Murphy, Richard O’Brien, Lance Percival, Bryan Pringle,
Willie Rushton, Ned Sherrin, Victor Spinetti, Richard Stilgoe,
Mark Blythe, Lesley Cox, Lisa Donmall,
Sharon Eckman, Luke Hope, Matthew
McRae, Johanne Murdock, Loretta
O’Neill, Tober Reilly, Lisa
Reynolds, Peter Sutherland, Claire Taylor, Simon Truby, and,
Choreographers: Kenn Oldfield and David Toguri
Directors : Frank Hauser, and, Trevor Nunn
Musical Directors: Glen Roven and Kevin Amos
Writers : Anton Chekov, John Gould, Frank Hauser, David Monico, Richard Stilgoe, and, David Wood
Trombone - Brian Archer
Trumpet - Andy Bush
Drums - Richard Cole
Bass - Steve McManus
Keyboards - Andy Linwood
Woodwind - Nick Moss
Set Design - Mark Thompson (actually it was his Pericles set)
Design Consultant - Richard Hornsby
Lighting Designer -
Sound Designer -
Comedy Tonight - Gillian Bevan, Louise Gold, David Kernan and Ensemble (staged by Kenn Oldfield)
David Frost - David Frost
I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue - Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, and, Willie Rushton
Tap Your Troubles Away - Rhonda Burchmore
Ned Sherrin - Ned Sherrin
A Transgression (By Anton Chekov, dramatised by Frank Hauser) - Nicholas Amer, Robert Bathurst, Frances de la Tour, Helena Bonham-Carter, Frank Finlay (Directed by Frank Hauser)
Ahab The Arab - Richard O’Brien
Richard Wilson - Richard Wilson
Mr Snow - Janie Dee
You’re The Top! - Claire Moore
The Boy From... - Millicent Martin
Brief Encounter - Judi Dench and Alan Howard (directed by Trevor Nunn)
Trevor Nunn - Trevor Nunn
An Excerpt from An Actor’s Life For Me - Courtesy of The BBC
Broadway Baby - Diane Langton
- from Peter Ustinov, Charlton Heston and
David Frost - David Frost
Drill Scene (from Oh What A Lovely War) - Victor Spinetti with Larry Dann, Johnny Lyons, Brian Murphy, and, Bryan Pringle
Music From The Movies - John Gould
Taking The Mikado (by John Gould and David Wood) - George Layton and John Gould
Ned Sherrin - Ned Sherrin
TW3 - Kenneth Cope, David Frost, David Kernan, Millicent Martin, Ned Sherrin, Lance Percival, and, Willie Rushton
Marti Caine - Marti Caine
Thou Swell - Janie Dee and Clive Carter
A Father’s Lullaby - written and performed by Richard Stilgoe
Every Bloody Gala Is The
Martin Smith - Martin Smith
Peter O’Toole With Keith Baxter - Peter O’Toole with Keith Baxter
Parlato In Italiano - (by David Monico) - Sheila Hancock, Joe Melia, and, Brian Murphy
Eddie Izzard - Eddie Izzard
Finale - Linzi Hateley and the Company
As Roy Kinnear was known for his work in the world of political satire, particularly with regards to TW3. It is perhaps worth noting the various people presumably involved with this gala who also occupy their place in that world
Firstly: like Roy Kinnear himself: Kenneth Cope, David Frost, David Kernan, Millicent Martin, Lance Percival, Willie Rushton, Ned Sherrin all worked on That Was The Week That Was itself.
But more modern political satirists are also billed as appearing in this gala; indeed Spitting Image’s original leading puppeteer (who may also have connections with Roy Kinnear’s hometown) was scheduled to sing in the opening number!
Ned Sherrin wrote material for both The Ratepayers’ Iolanthe and The Metropolitan Mikado
Louise Gold and Martin Smith both appeared in The Metropolitan Mikado
While “Fat Cat” actor Peter O’Toole was actually a victim of the satirists, being lampooned on Spitting Image, and that satire actually found its way onto the Spitting image compilation album Spit In Your Ear.
David Frost is also credited as having been involved in a bit of directing for Spitting Image.
Gold, David Kernan, and, Ned Sherrin
appeared together in Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It,
for which Umpire Hugh Wooldrige went on to do the
lighting design at Chichester, Guildford and Richmond, and for which Peter
Sutherland was a standby. While Choreographer David Toguri
did the choreography for the
Louise Gold, David Kernan and Steve McManus’s recording credits include Nole/Cole: Let’s Do It (Recording)
Gillian Bevan, Marti Caine, Larry Dann, Louise Gold, David Kernan, Claire Moore, Ned Sherrin, and, Martin Smith had previously appeared in Kids At Heart which David Kernan also directed. It’s possible that Loretta O’Neill could also have appeared in it, as a dancer named Loretta O’Neal.
Louise Gold, Diane Langton, and, Ned Sherrin, along with Marti Caine had previously appeared in Chicago & Company which David Kernan also directed.
Louise Gold, David Kernan, Ned Sherrin, and, Martin Smith had previously appeared in Broadway To Brighton.
Louise Gold, David Kernan, Millicent Martin, Claire Moore, Ned Sherrin, and, Martin Smith had previously appeared in A Time To Start Living which David Kernan also directed, and for which the musicians also included Brian Archer, Andy Bush, Steve McManus.
Louise Gold and David Kernan had previously appeared in Sondheim At The Barbican.
Louise Gold and David Kernan went on to appear together in Side By Side By Sondheim, which David Kernan also directed
David Kernan went on to appear in and direct the Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala, which Millicent Martin and Ned Sherrin also appeared in. And where “Millie” also song The Boy From....
Ned Sherrin had previously written material for Ziegfeld (stage show) some of the latter was included in Ziegfeld (recording). He went on to present Ned Sherrin’s Review Of Revue. He also took part in CLIC’s 18th Birthday Celebration.
Ned Sherrin and Martin Smith went on to appear in a concert of highlights from the Ratepayer’s Iolanthe & The Metropolitan Mikado.
Keith Baxter, David Kernan, Claire Moore, Andy Bush may have previously appeared in Will-Aid which David Kernan, along with Ned Sherrin, directed, and for which Kenn Oldfield did some of the choreography. Trevor Nunn may have contributed some song lyrics.
Clive Carter had previously appeared in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (York Production) and My Fair Lady. He has gone on to take part in Shopping With The Stars 2009.
John Gould went on to play the piano on Let’s Do The Show Right Here, which Barry Cryer was a guest contestant on.
Louise Gold, Barry Cryer and Johanne Murdock had previously appeared in Du Barry Was A Lady (1993 Production).
Diane Langton, Millicent Martin, Victor Spinetti, and Richard Stilgoe had previously appeared in The Royal Variety Performance (1982).
Diane Langton went on to appear in Follies.
Janie Dee, and Diane Langton’s recording credits include Defiant Dames, on which Steve McManus was a Bass player
Diane Langton’s recording credits include Cole Porter - Night And Day.
Judi Dench and Claire Moore’s recording credits include Cabaret.
Claire Moore’s recording credits include Encore The Very Best From The Musicals, Simply Musicals, 100 Hits Musicals, and, Let’s Go On With The Show – Hit Songs From The West End & Broadway.
Peter Sutherland and Louise Gold had previously appeared together in Blood Brothers, which Gillian Bevan also appeared in for a time (as a replacement for Louise Gold!)
Louise Gold and Simon Truby went on to appear together the following month in New Girl In Town.
Kenn Oldfield and Louise Gold had previously appeared together in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Touring Production).
choreographed a production of A
Midsummer Night’s Dream at
Gillian Bevan and Louise Gold had previously appeared together in The Boys From Syracuse, which was choreographed by Kenn Oldfield. They went on to reprise one of their The Boys From Syracuse numbers in the Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala, also with Kenn Oldfield’s choreography.
Janie Dee, and, Judi Dench also went on to appear in the Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala.
Judi Dench had directed The Boys From Syracuse.
Mark Thompson went on to design Mamma Mia.
Australian singer-dancer Rhonda Burchmore was over hear appearing in London
with the rest of the Australian cast of The Hot Shoe Shuffle. The
following year that same show toured the
Millicent Martin had previously appeared on television in Julia And Company.
Janie Dee, Richard O’Brien, and, Trevor Nunn have gone on to appear on television in A Week In The West End.
Clive Carter, Janie Dee, John Gould, and, George Layton may have previously appeared in Dear Ralph, with George Layton and John Gould also performing Taking The Mikado.
Bass-player Steve McManus has gone play in the pit orchestra for the stage production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Victor Spinnetti and Louise Gold went on to appear in that show, but in different casts.
Frank Finlay had previously appeared on television in BlackAdder.
Peter Ustinov went on to do voice-work on the TV Film Animal Farm.
Millicent Martin, David Kernan, Janie Dee, Judi Dench, Louise Gold, and, Ned Sherrin went on to appear in Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala.
Sheila Hancock and Peter Ustinov’s TV film credits include Alice In Wonderland.
Janie Dee went on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan.
Tim Brooke-Taylor had previously appeared on television in Roland Rat The Series.
Diane Langton, Claire Moore, and, Martin Smith’s recording credits include The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales.
Gillian Bevan’s recording credits include Centre Stage Showtime!.
David Kernan, Diane Langton, and, Martin Smith’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears.
After Ned Sherrin’s death The Company Of Mary Poppins’s late night FUNdraising special was dedicated to him. In that show puppeteer Louise Gold sang a very different version of the song Comedy Night.
Diane Langton has gone on to appear, along with Louise Gold, in Mary Poppins.
Linzi Hately went on to appear at Shopping With The Stars 2008.
Gillian Bevan, and, Claire Moore’s recording credits include Magic Of The Musicals.
Barry Cryer, and,
David Kernan, Claire Moore, Gillian Bevan, Ned Sherrin, and Helena Bonham Carter may have previously taken part in Thing A Thon.
Design Consultant Richard Hornsby went on to be the production designer for Transmission: Impossible With Ed And Oucho.
Gillian Bevan, and, Diane Langton’s recording credits include 100 Hits Musicals.
Gillian Bevan, Clive Carter, David Kernan, Diane Langton, and, Claire Moore’s recording credits include The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.
Keith Baxter, and, David Kernan’s had previously taken part in The Radio 2 Arts Programme Chichester Festival 1994.
Louise Gold, and, Linzi Hately went on to appear in Sondheim Women.
Paul Groothius went on to work on Gypsy.
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