Louise Gold starred, as Aldonza, at The Colchester Mercury Studio Theatre, on Wednesday 25 August 1999
Carvsntes - Nigel Planer
Aldonza - Louise Gold
Sancho - Wayne Cater
The Governer - David Firth
The Duke - Kieran Creggan
Antonia / Fermina - Justin Koos
Maria / Housekeeper - Tomasin Tresize
Paco / Padre - Oliver Beamish
Pedro / Barber - Michael O’Connor
Anselmo - Dave Ravelle
Music - Mitch Leigh
Lyrics - Joe Darion
Original Production - 22 November 1965, ANTA Washington Square Theatre, with Joan Diener (Marre) as Aldonza
Produced by (this production) - Music Theatre London
Director / Musical Director - Tony Britten
Assistant Director - Anthony Banks
This production was a one-off in front of an invited audience, mainly of investors of Music Theatre London, with the possibility of mounting a tour of the production (that did not materialise).
It might be noted that Louise has rather distinctive red hair. Kim Criswell also has red hair. A year before this performance of Man Of La Mancha; in 1998, on her solo album Back To Before, Kim Criswell sang What Does He Want Of Me. At the time she herself had never played Aldonza, and the composer Mitch Leigh had told her “Aldonza has to have black hair”, so in the sleeve notes Kim dedicates her performance of this song “to all the titian-tressed Aldonzas out there and of course to Mitch Leigh”. Incidentally, about a year later, Kim herself got to play Aldonza, red hair and all, in The Covent Garden Festival’s production of Man Of La Mancha.
Louise Gold had previously appeared at The Colchester Mercury Theatre’s main house in When I Was A Girl I Used To Scream And Shout.
Nigel Planer went on to take part in Comic Relif 1986, and, Shopping With The Stars 2009, his recording credits include Utterly Utterly Live Comic Relief and The Greatest Musicals of the 20th Century.
Links about Man Of
Kieran Creggan’s Website’s page for this show: http://homepage.mac.com/kierancreggan/Productions-Theatre/manoflamancha-pr.html from which most of the information here came.