Man Of La Mancha

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


Production Team

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.

Louise Gold and David Firth had previously appeared together in The Metropolitan Mikado, a concert of highlights from the Ratepayers’ Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado, Love life, and, Assassins.

David Firth’s recording credits include On The Town and Anything Goes (recording) - Website Recommended Album

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.

Louise Gold and Wayne Cater had previously appeared together in the film Topsy Turvy, and on the Topsy Turvy (Soundtrack album).



Links about Man Of La Mancha

Kieran Creggan’s Website’s page for this show:  from which most of the information here came.


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