One Touch of Venus (1992 Production)
Louise Gold first starred as Venus in a Lost Musicals production of One Touch of Venus at Barbican Cinema 1 on 16, 23, 30 August and 6 September 1992. However, eight years later she was to reprise the role in another Lost Musicals production at The Lindbury Studio Theatre. This page is about her earlier performance of the show.
Peter Gale would go on the reprise his role of Whitlaw Savory in the BBC Radio production of the show starring Paige O'Hara, Myra Sands went on to reprise her character of Mrs Flora Bell Kramer in both the BBC Radio production and the later Lost Musicals production. Delianne Forget also went on to appear in the later Lost Musicals production, where she was promoted to the role of Mrs Moats.
Whitlaw Savory - Peter Gale
Molly Grant - Mandy More
Taxi Black - Barry Martin
Stanley - Christopher Dee
Rodney Hatch - Teddy Kempner
Venus - Louise Gold
Mrs Moats - Heather Davis
Student - Delianne Forget
Student - Joanna Lansbury
Dr Rook - Jonathan Ewart Holmes
Lieutenant - Jeremy Tustin
Policeman - Stuart Liddle
Mrs Kramer -
Gloria Kramer - Ashleigh Sendin
Sam - Kerry-Jane Beddows
Zuveti - James Vaughan
Music - Kurt Weill
Based on "The Tinted Venus" by F J Anstey
Original Production – 7 October 1943, The Imperial Theatre
Musical Director - Kevin Amos
Peter Gale and Myra Sands went on to reprise their roles as Whitlaw Savoury and Mrs Kramer in the BBC Radio production starring Paige O’Hara, which was first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 3 April 1995.
Louise Gold and Myra Sands went on to reprise their roles as Venus and Mrs Kramer in the second Lost Musicals production in 2000.
It is perhaps worth noting that ‘The Tinted Venus’, the title of F J Anstey’s book upon which this musical was based, was also the name given to a statue of the goddess by Victorian sculptor John Gibson. It was the first flesh-coloured statue of the time.
Louise Gold, Teddy Kempner, and Asheligh Sendin went on to appear in the Lost Musicals production of Something For The Boys.
Louise Gold and Ashleigh Sendin had previously appeared together in Anything Goes.
Asheligh Sendin, Louise Gold and James Vaughan went on to appear in the Lost Musicals production of Of Thee I Sing.
Louise Gold and James Vaughan went on to appear in the Lost Musicals productions of: Du Barry Was A Lady (1993 Production) , Panama Hattie, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Du Barry Was A Lady (2001 Production). They also went on to appear in the film Crush. James Vaughan also helped out on the film Muppet Treasure Island, on which Louise Gold puppeteered.
Myra Sands is another regular of The Lost Musicals, having appeared with Louise Gold in: By Jupiter they went on to appear together in: Du Barry Was A Lady (1993 Production) | New Girl In Town | Red Hot And Blue | Something For The Boys | Panama Hattie | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes | One Touch of Venus (2000 Production) , Darling of The Day, and, Mexican Hayride. They had previously appeared in a concert of highlights from Ratepayers' Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado and went on to appear in Camberwell Pocket Opera’s First Fundraising Gala; and have since appeared together on the commercial stage in Follies, and, Oliver!; They can also be heard on the cast album Oliver! (Recording).
The Imperial Theatre in New York was also the original venue for the Gershwin musicals Let ‘Em Eat Cake (which Louise Gold appeared in a staging of on of BBC Radio 3) and Oh Kay (which Louise Gold starred in a concert staging of at Barbican Cinema 1).
Kevin Amos went on to be an MD on Comedy Tonight.
Peter Gale, and, Louise Gold went on to appear in A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh.
Myra Sands may have previously taken part in Thing A Thon.
The Act 1 finale of One Touch Of Venus appears to have been inspired by a real life incident at a fundraising event in aid of The Music Hall Ladies Guild, the event in question being the “party” referred to in the tale Whitelaw Savoury tells at the Art Student’s Ball. The Music Hall Ladies Guild was a sister charity to The Theatrical Ladies Guild. The latter has since been renamed The Theatrical Guild, whose fundraising events have included Shopping With The Stars and Shopping With The Stars 2009 .
Links about One Touch Of Venus (1992 Production)
Musicals Charitable TrustTM: http://www.lostmusicals.org/ -. The site includes photographs from
a number of past productions, including one of
Muppet Central/Tibby's Bowl Interview with Louise Gold http://www.muppetcentral.com/articles/interviews/gold.shtml