A Valentine Gala - in association with BBC Video
Louise Gold featured in Dear Ralph - a fundraising event in aid of The Ralph Bates Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at The Shaftsbury Theatre (starting at 7:30pm) on Sunday 13 February 1994.
Note: Please note the cast listing is not necessarily accurate, the webmaster wasn’t present and so is having to use the original programme for the event as a guide, although it is quite likely that the people listed took part, along with others who weren’t listed. It is known that Louise Gold definitely appeared in it.
Programme information is provided here thanks to the very kind help of The Ralph Bates Pancreatic Research Fund
Performers (as listed in
the programme): Babette Langford’s The Young Set, Daisy
Bates, Will Bates, The Will
Bates Band, Christopher Biggins, Patti Boulaye, Clive Carter, Bernard Cribbins, Belinda Cryer, Janie Dee,
Jim Diamond, Lucy Dixon, Donald Douglas, Geoff Driscoll, Peter Egan, Robin Ellis, Michelle Fine,
Myra Frances, Louise Gold, Kim
Goody, Peter Gordeno, John Gould, Winston Graham, Steve Hackett, Francis Haines, Roy Hilton,
The Hollies, Tina Jones, George
Layton, Alfred Marks, Kevin
McNally, Zoot Money, Richard
Morant, Joanna Riding, The
Peter Gordeno Dancers, Howard
The Will Bates Band – Quentin Collins, Will Bates, Matt Lane, Luke Cox, Seb Chew, Eliza Mishcon
The Hollies - Allan Clarke, Alan Coates, Tony Hicks, and, Francis Haines
The Peter Gordeno Dancers –
The Stars of BBC TV’s Dear John - Rachel Bell, Peter Blake, Jean Challis, Lucinda Curtis, Peter Denyer, and, Belinda Lang,
Babette Langford’s The Young Set - ?
The Band – Jason
Wright (Keyboards), Jimmy Gallagher
(Saxophone), David Meehan (Trumpet),
Matt Cheadle (Guitar), and,
Daisy Bates, Donald Douglas, Peter Egan, Robin Ellis, Myra Frances, Alfred Marks, Kevin McNally, Richard Morant, Wanda Ventham, Jane Wymark, Jeremy Young, and The cast of ‘Dear John’.
Billed On Original Advertising (but in the end did not appear):
Linda Marlowe (but she did help with directing it), Kate O’Mara, John Sessions, Jason White, and, The Stars of BBC TV’s Poldark (it seems, that while some of them did take part individually they were not billed as a group)
Presented by – Virginia Wetherell and the trustees of The Ralph Bates Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund by arrangement with The Theatre Of Comedy Company Ltd and Cameron Mackintosh
Produced in association with - BBC Video
Directed by –
Co-ordinators – Christopher Biggins, and, Angela Graham-Jones
Musical Director – Jason Wright
Production Team – Elli Bremner, Graeme Hampton, Andy Holton, and, Ceris Jones
Assistants to Virginia Wethrell – Rupert Byng, and, Julian Deeming
Publicity – Deborah
Carey, Nick Grange, and,
Front Of House Design – Harley Page, and, Erica Page
Marketing Consultant – Jeanne Cook
Roadie – Ray Butt
Wardrobe – Denise Montecolombi
Catering – Peter Mishcon, Penny Mishcon, Mark Harvey, and, Chrissey Welsh
Head Of Glitter
The Theatre Of Comedy Company Ltd
Artistic Director – Alan Strachan
Chief Executive – Nick Salmon
Assistant to Mr Strachan, and, Mr Salmon – Jacki Harding
Theatre Manager – Patrick Murphy
Financial Controller – Rod Cheesman
House Manager – Marc Evans
Catering Manager – Mary Keogh
Box Office Manager – Claire Wharfe
Deputy Box Office Manager – Alex Welch
Chief Electrician – John Harris
Deputy Chief Electrician – Peter Fordham
Master Carpenter – Lee Eld
Deputy Master Carpenter – Paul Skeggs
Chargehand Stage – Spencer New
Stage Door Keeper – Harry Gabriel
The Ralph Bates PCR Fund Entertainment Committee – Peter Blake RA, Chrissy Blake, Ray Cooney, Angela Graham-Jones, Timothy Goode, Richard Hatton, Julie Hodgess, Patrick Malynn, Roger Ordish, Jules Peck, Robert Peck, Penny Radford, John Sullivan, and, Sharon Sullivan
Sound by – Theatre Projects (Dave Perry, Roland Hemming, and, Nicola Pretious)
1. The Will Bates Band - Quentin Collins (Piano), Will Bates (Saxophone), Matt Lane (Guitar), Luke Cox (Bass), Seb Chew (Drums), and, Eliza Mishcon
2. Master Of Ceremonies – Christopher Biggins
3. The Young Set – Directed By Babette Langford
4. “Dear John” – Rachel Bell, Peter Blake, Belinda Lang, Peter Denyer, Jean Challis, and, Lucinda Curtis
5. Janie Dee & Clive Carter
6. John Gould
7. Joanna Riding
8. Jim Diamond & Zoot Money
9. Peter Gordeno & his dancers – Peter Gordeno with Sam Dean, and, Jodie Star
10. Patti Boulaye
11. “Invade My Privacy” A Musical Celebration of the Works of Fran Landesman from the Kings Head Theatre, Islington
- with Belinda Cryer, Lucy
Musicians – Roy Hilton (Piano), Geoff Driscoll (Saxophone),
Devised & Compiled by Howard Samuels
Directed by Linda Marlowe
12. Steve Hackett & Will Bates (Saxophone)
13. “Taking The Mikado” written by David Wood & John Gould – George Layton accompanied by John Gould
14. Louise Gold
15. A Hole In The Ground – Bernard Cribbins
16. Raffle Draw – drawn by Winston Graham
17. Sandy Toksvig
18. Kim Goody accompanied by Francis Haines
19. The Hollies – Allan Clarke, Alan Coates, Tony Hicks, and Francis Haines
It is known for definite that Kim Goody and The Hollies appeared in the gala. Everyone else is very likely to have appeared.
Louise Gold had previously taken part in another charity event at The Shaftsbury Theatre, the first Comic Relif 1986.
Christopher Biggins, and, Lucy Dixon had previously appeared in Kids At Heart.
Christopher Biggins, and, Janie Dee have gone on to appear in Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala, along with Cameron Mackintosh.
Christopher Biggins, Bernard Cribbins, Janie Dee and, Joanna Riding, along with
Christopher Biggins’s recording credits include Simply Musicals.
Kim Goody’s previous stage credits include a national tour of the musical Hair.
Clive Carter, Janie Dee and, John Gould George Layton may have gone on to appear in Comedy Tonight, with George Layton and John Gould also performing Taking The Mikado.
Alfred Marks may have previously appeared in Will-Aid.
Janie Dee, and, Joanna Riding, along with Cameron Mackintosh went on to appear on television on A Week In The West End.
Zoot Money had previously appeared in the films The Pirates Of Penzance (Film) and Billy The Kid And The Green Baize Vampire. His recording credits include Billy The Kid And The Green Baize Vampire (Soundtrack single).
Christopher Biggins has gone on to appear (alongside Louise Gold) in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Peter Egan’s TV credits include Joint Account.
Louise Gold had previously appeared at The Shaftsbury Theatre in Comic Relief, and, A Time To Start Living.
Janie Dee along with Linda Marlow have gone on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan, which Spencer New went on to stage manage; in aid of the Kings Head Theatre, Islington.
Clive Carter had previously appeared in My Fair Lady, and, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (York Production). His recording credits include The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.
Janie Dee’s recording credits include Defiant Dames.
Lucy Dixon, and, Howard
John Gould went on to play the piano for the radio quiz Let’s Do The Show Right Here.
Belinda Lang had previously appeared on stage in Angry Housewives.
It is not known whether or not the Electrician John Harris is the same John Harris who was a rigger on the film Muppet Treasure Island.
Cameron Mackintosh went on to produce Mary Poppins, which Louise Gold appeared in.
Cameron Mackintosh appeared on television in ABBA – The Mamma Mia! Story.
Tina Jones, and, Christopher Biggins may have previously taken part in Thing A Thon.
Louise Gold went on to appear in a concert staging of the musical Of Thee I Sing, where she played Diana Deaveraux a character who might be a sort of fictitious relative of Ralph Bates’ (well Ralph Bates did just happen to be related to Napoleon).
Links about Dear Ralph
The Ralph Bates Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund’s website should be: http://www.ralphbatespcrf.org.uk/