Louise Gold played Katisha, Countess of Grantham, at Queen Elizabeth Hall 1 - 17 August 1985 (previews from 30 July 1985)
Mrs Thatcher, this was the first time Louise was really noticed by the
The Prime Mikado (A dashing figure in a flak jacket - based on Michael Hesaltine) - Robert Meadmore
Boy Ken (Formerly leader of the GLC, now disguised as a wandering pop star, and in love with Yum-Yum - based on Ken Livingstone) - Martin Smith
Sir Ko-Ko (Chief Police Comminssioner of Mitsubishi, noted for his tough approach, his small feet and his big ears - based on Kenneth Newman) - Simon Butteriss
Pooh Bach (Minister for everything else. Formerly Neil Kinnock - based on Neil Kinnock) -Martin Connor
Sir Alistar Pish (Media Person and Front Man for News at Eight - based on Alistair Burnet) - David Firth
Sir Robin Tush (Another Media Person and Front Man for News at Eight - based on Robin Day) - Dudley Stevens
Yum Yum (Former Page Three Girl in the Sun and now finalist in the Voice for London Contest) - Rosemary Ashe
Pitti-Sing (another former Page Three girl on the Sun and now finalist in the Voice for London Contest) - Jenny Wren
Peep-Bo (another former Page Three girl on the Sun and now finalist in the Voice for London Contest) - Lynne Kieran
Katisha (Countess of Grantham, elder stateswoman and widow - based on Margaret Thatcher) - Louise Gold
Chorus of Scrubbers, Media Hacks, Security Men and Sycophantes - Wendy Baldock, Carole Cox, Tamsin Dives, Liza Hobbs, Debbie Holmes, Molly MacKenzie, Gail Mortley, Sally Ann Triplett, Anthony Barrett, David Chilton, Phillip Curtis, Karl Daymond, George Freeburn, Glyn Kerslake, Tim Menah, Richard Mitchell, William Pool and Meston Reid.
Freely adapted from - Gilbert And Sullivan by Ned Sherrin and Alistair Beaton
Presented by - The GLC (Greater London Council) by arrangement with Raymond Gubbay Ltd
Director - Ned Sherrin
Designer - Daphne Dare
Musical Director John Owen Edwards
Musical Staging - Lindsay Dolan
Lighting Designer - Benny Ball
Sound Design - Paul Farrah Sound
There seems to have been some confusion (amongst the critics) over who exactly the character of Sir Alistair Pish was based on: Stephen Windos in City Limits says it was Alistair Milne, while Rodney Milnes in The Spectator says it was Alistair Burnet, and, Harold Atkins in The Daily Telegraph says it was John Humphreys. However, Savoynet list member, Stephen Turnbull has confirmed it was meant to be Alistair Burnet.
Some members of the cast, notably principles: Rosemary Ashe, Simon Butteris, Martin Connor, David Firth, Louise Gold, Robert Meadmore, Martin Smith, and Dudley Stevens, along with chorus members: Anthony Barratt, David Chilton, Carol Cox, Philip Curtis, Karl Daymond, Tamsin Dives, George Freeburn, Liza Hobbs, Debbie Holmes, Glyn Kerslake, Tim Menah, and, Meston Reid subsequently reprised their performances from this show when they appeared in A Concert of Musical Highlights from The Ratepayers; Iolanthe & The Metropolitan Mikado . Which was also produced by Raymond Gubbay Limited and presented by The GLC. It also had most of the same production team (except for the sound design).
Rosemary Ashe, Louise Gold, Robert Meadmore, and, Dudley Stevens went on to appear in a concert production of Dudley Stevens’s musical The Soap Opera .
Some thirteen or fourteen years later, Louise Gold and The Mikado's Katisha would cross paths again. In the film Topsy Turvy, which focuses on the making of The Mikado, and in which Louise played Rosina Brandram, the actress who created the role of Katisha in the original production of The Mikado. Louise sings one of Rosina’s original numbers From Every Kind Of Man Obedience I Expect (which she had sung a spoof version of in this show Mitsubishi Marubeni),on the Topsy Turvy (Soundtrack album)
Louise Gold was already no stranger to G&S having appeared in The Pirates Of Penzance (film) and The Pirates of Penzance (stage show), as a member of the latter cast she had also appeared in The Pirates Of Penzance (Gala Performance), The Pirates Of Penzance (Gala Preview), The Pirates Of Penzance (Benefit Preview), and the 1982 Royal Variety Performance.
Robert Meadmore comes from a family tradition of being involved with G&S: His father and brother have both run World Of Gilbert And Sullivian (aka WOGS), the major rival to G&S For All. In addition, his father variously: was an ASM for The Doyly Carte, handled the business side of G&S For All, and encouraged his comrades in The old Romford Civil Defence Force to performer various G&S operettas, including The Mikado where he too played the title role.
Louise Gold, meanwhile, comes from a family tradition of being involved with political satire, amongst other things, Her mother appeared in Lionel Bart’s Nyebevanthe or The Budget Opera skit on Iolanthe in the 1953 Unity Theatre revue Turn It Up.
Alistair Beaton was also a writer of the Political Satirical TV show Spitting Image, for which Louise Gold was a fairly significant member of the puppeteering and voice-artiste team.
Louise Gold went on to appear in another Ned Sherrin and Alistair Beaton stage show, Ziegfeld (stage show). Some of Ned Sherrin and Alistair Beaton’s work features on the cast album Ziegfeld (recording).
Political-Satirical actress Louise Gold went on to play another caricature of Margaret Thatcher in Sink The Belgrano. She went on to play her properly (side and back views only) on television in The Alan Clark Diaries.
Meadmore may have gone on to
appear in Will-Aid, for which
Louise Gold and Robert Meadmore went on to appear together on television in Julia And Company; they would be reunited some 14 years later in Side By Side By Sondheim; and still later performing at Hubert Gregg’s Memorial Service. While aong with Sally Ann Triplett and Ned Sherrin they also took part in the 25th Anniversary Gala of Side By Side,d Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala, and, Shopping With The Stars 2008.
David Firth, Louise Gold, Liza Hobbs and Richard Mitchell later sang on the JAY/TER recording of On The Town and along with William Pool on the Anything Goes (recording) which were also conducted by John Owen Edwards
Louise Gold has gone on to sing under the musical direction of John Owen Edwards on: Anything Goes (recording) - Website Recommended Album, Cabaret, The Best Of Broadway Musicals, Great Duets From The Musicals, Encore - The Very Best From The Musicals, Cole Porter - Night And Day, The Greatest Musicals of the 20th Century, The History Of The Musical, Centre Stage Showtime!, The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales, The Great Musicals – Glamour And Majesty, The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears, Magic Of The Musicals, The Best Of The Musicals, 100 Hits Musicals, Let’s Go On With The Show – Hit Songs From The West End & Broadway, and, The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.
Robert Meadmore, Martin Smith and Ned Sherrin went on to appear in Kids At Heart.
Martin Smith, and, Ned Sherrin may have gone on to appear in Comedy Tonight
Martin Smith, Ned Sherrin and Lindsay Dolan went on to work on A Time To Start Living
Glyn Kerslake, Ned Sherrin and Lindsay Dolan, along with Jenny Wren went on to work on Chicago & Company
Ned Sherrin and Martin Smith went on to work on Broadway To Brighton
Louise Gold went on to star in another show produced by Raymond
Gubbay Ltd on
Robert Meadmore’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens, which also features an orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards.
Robert Meadmore, and, Sally Ann Triplett have gone on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan.
Martin Smith’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears.
Rosemary Ashe, and, Sally Ann Triplett’s recording credits include Magic Of The Musicals, which also features an orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards.
After Ned Sherrin’s death The Company Of Mary Poppins late night Theatrecares special was dedicated to him.
Louise Gold went on to cross paths with the legacy of Miss Rosina Brandram in 2003, by appearing in a production of The Gondoliers (as The Duchess Of Plaza-Toro - a role originated by Miss Brandram), funnily enough this production also included some additional material by Alistair Beaton, which Louise got to sing.
Rosemary Ashe went on to originate the role of Miss Andrew in the stage version of
Mary Poppins, a role which Louise Gold took over in the
Sally Ann Triplett’s recording credits include The Best Of The Musicals.
Liza Hobbs, Sally Ann Triplett, Debbie Holmes, and, Ned Sherrin may have gone on to take part in Thing A Thon.
Ned Sherrin went on to take part in CLIC’s 18th Birthday Celebration.
Metropolitan Mikado appears to have been the first time Louise Gold was
actually noticed by the national critics. I’m not sure that Harold Atkins’s
exoneration was entirely correct. I also wonder whether Carol Woddis realised
the irony of her comment (Katisha was played by one of
“But Katisha, Countess of Grantham, screaming and over-doing sadistic touches, has been made too extreme – not the fault of Louise Gold, personifying Mrs Thatcher. Caricatures should have bounds.” Harold Atkins, DAILY TELEGRAPH, 5 August 1985.
"A disquieting portrait of Mrs Thatcher - foulmouthed and grimly libidinous. Louise Gold stomps around to glorious effect" Jim Hiley, THE OBSERVER, 4 August 1985.
“....and no prizes for guessing who the
awesome middle-aged Katisha has become in this farrago entitled The
Metropolitan Mikado. Indeed as a hatchet-faced leaderene in retirement Louise
Gold turns in one of the best portrayals of the whole mad evening”
"Louise Gold extracts every ounce of unsullied triple entendre" Tom Sutcliffe THE GUARDIAN, 2 August 1985
“The Countess of Grantham unveils a libido hitherto unsuspected, while her puppet, the Prime Mikado, does credit to Steve Bell’s invocations of him. In short, whether your inclinations are musical or political, it’s a delight.” Carol Woddis, CITY LIMITS, 9 August 1985
Links about The Metropolitan Mikado
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