A Concert Of Musical Highlights From:
The Ratepayers’ Iolanthe & The Metropolitan Mikado
Louise Gold starred, as Katisha - Countess Of Grantham from The Metropolitan Mikado, at The Royal Festival Hall, (concert started at 3pm) on Sunday 30 March 1986
The Ratepayers’ Iolanthe
Queen Of The Fairies - Gaye Brown
Saatchi 1 - David Firth
Chancellor Of The Exchequer - Doug Fisher
Phyllis - Gay Soper
Saatchi 2 - Dudley Stevens
Red Strephon - Denis Nelson
The Metropolitan Mikado
Yum-Yum - Rosmary Ashe
Sir Ko-Ko - Simon Butteriss
Pooh-Bach - Martin Connor
Sir Alistair Pish - David Firth
Katisha - Countess of Grantham - Louise Gold
The Prime Mikado - Robert Meadmore
Boy Ken - Martin Smith
Sir Robin Tush - Dudley Stevens
Anthony Barratt, Sally Bradshaw, David Chilton, Carol Cox, Philip Curtis, Karl Daymond, Tamsin Dives, George Freeburn, Liza Hobbs, Debbie Holmes, Glyn Kerslake, Patrick McCarthy, Catherine McCord, Tim Menah, Laura Nayman, Meston Reid, and, Myra Sands
Presented by - Raymond Gubbay in association with The GLC (Greater London Council)
Based on - the operetta’s of Gilbert And Sullivan
Adapted by - Ned Sherrin and Alistair Beaton
Director - Ned Sherrin
Costume Designer - Daphne Dare
Musical Staging - Lindsay Dolan
Musical Director - John Owen Edwards
Lighting Designer - Benny Ball
Sound Design - Derek Zeiba
Act 1: The Ratepayers’ Iolanthe
In Any Regione, Our Creazione
From the Day That I First Entered
The Pound is the True Embodiment
Can I Inactive See My Fortunes Fade
O Foolish Fay
Fear, Fear of Failure Robs Me of My Rest
If You Go in You’re Sure To Win
If We’re Weak Enough to Tarry
Soon As We May, Off and Away
Act 2: The Metropolitan Mikado
Opening Pish/Tush Scene (based on If You Want To Know Who We Are) - Sir Alistair Pish and Sir Robin Tush with Men’s chorus (David Firth and Dudley Stevens, with: Anthony Barratt, David Chilton, Philip Curtis, Karl Daymond, George Freeburn, Glyn Kerslake, Patrick McCarthy, Tim Menah, and, Meston Reid)
A Gender Bender (based on A Wandering Minstrel) - Boy Ken with men’s chorus (Martin Smith with: Anthony Barratt, David Chilton, Philip Curtis, Karl Daymond, George Freeburn, Glyn Kerslake, Patrick McCarthy, Tim Menah, and, Meston Reid)
Behold the Chief Police Commissioner ... Little List (based on Behold The Lord High Executioner... Little List) - Sir Ko Ko with Men’s chorus (Simon Butteriss with: Anthony Barratt, David Chilton, Philip Curtis, Karl Daymond, George Freeburn, Glyn Kerslake, Patrick McCarthy, Tim Menah, and, Meston Reid)
Three Little Maids (based on Three Little Maids From School Are We) - Yum Yum with Female Chorus (Rosemary Ashe with: Sally Bradshaw, Carol Cox, Tamsin Dives, Liza Hobbs, Debbie Holmes, Catherine McCord, Laura Nayman, and, Myra Sands)
I Am The Very Master of the Multi-purpose Metaphor (based on I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General) - Pooh-Bach with Chorus (Martin Connor with chorus)
Act I Finale - Your Revels Cease (based on The Mikado Act 1 Finale) - Yum Yum, Pooh Bach, Sir Alistair Pish, Katisha, Boy Ken, Sir Robin Tush, and chorus (Rosemary Ashe, Martin Connor, David Firth, Louise Gold, Martin Smith, Dudley Stevens, and, chorus)
The Sun Gave Me (based on The Sun Who’s Rays) - Yum Yum (Rosemary Ashe)
Er’s an Ow’s Yer Dad (based on Here’s A How-De-Do) - Yum Yum, Boy Ken, and, Sir Ko Ko with chorus (Rosemary Ashe, Martin Smith, and Simon Butteris, with chorus)
A More Sincere Mikado (based on A More Humane Mikado) - The Prime Mikado with chorus (Robert Meadmore with chorus)
In A Cell in a Prision (based on Titwillow) - Pooh-Bach (Martin Connor)
Beauty in the Bellow (based on There is Beauty In The Bellow Of The Blast) - Katisha and Pooh-Bach (Louise Gold and Martin Connor)
Act II Finale - There’s A Little Place They Call the Isle of Dogs (based on ?) - Boy Ken, Sir Alistair Pish , Sir Robin Tush and Company (Martin Smith, David Firth, Dudley Stevens and company)
Soon As We May Off And Away
This concert was a compilation of highlights from actual productions of two Gilbert And Sullivan spoofs, with their actual casts.
The Ratepayer’s Iolanthe ran at The Phoenix Theatre from 24 August - 3 November 1984. It’s stars had included Gaye Brown, David Firth, Doug Fisher, Gay Soper, and Dudley Stevens, it had also featured Sally Bradshaw, Myra Sands, and Denis Nelson and it’s chorus included: David Chilton, Carole Cox, Liza Hobbs, Patrick McCarthy, Tim Menah, and, Meston Reid.
It should perhaps be mentioned that in the actual production of The Ratepayers’ Iolanthe:
Denis Nelson was actually in the chorus, the role of Red Strephon was played by David Kernan.
Sally Bradshaw and Myra Sands actually played the feature roles of the fairies Celia and Leila respectively.
The Metropolitan Mikado ran at The Queen Elizabeth Hall from 1 - 17 August 1985. It had starred: Rosemary Ashe, Simon Butteris, Martin Connor, David Firth, Louise Gold, Robert Meadmore, Martin Smith, and Dudley Stevens, all of whom appeared in this concert of highlights, and it’s chorus included: Anthony Barratt, David Chilton, Carol Cox, Philip Curtis, Karl Daymond, possibly Tamsin Dives, George Freeburn, Liza Hobbs, Debbie Holmes, Glyn Kerslake, Tim Menah, and, Meston Reid.
It is noted that chorus members Catherine McCord and Laura Nayman had appeared in neither of the original productions. However, there were also a number of members of each production who were not in this concert of highlights.
Rosemary Ashe, Louise Gold, Robert Meadmore, Gay Soper, and, Dudley Stevens went on to appear in a concert staging of Dudley Stevens’s musical The Soap Opera .
Some twelve or thirteen 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 (which she had sung a spoof version, Mitsubushi, Marubeni in The Metropolitan Mikado, From Every Kind Of Man Obedience I Expect on the Topsy
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.
Louise Gold and Robert Meadmore would be reunited some 14 years later in Side By Side By Sondheim, the 25th Anniversary Gala of Side By Side, Hubert Gregg’s Memorial Service, Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala, and Shopping With The Stars 2008. They have also appeared together on television in Julia And Company.
Ned Sherrin has also appeared in: CLIC’s 18th Birthday Celebration, Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It, Ned Sherrin’s Review Of Revue, the Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala, and, Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala
John Owen Edwards went on to conduct on numerous JAY/TER recordings including: On The Town (featuring: David Firth, and Liza Hobbs), Cabaret (featuring and Gay Soper), and Anything Goes (recording) - Website Recommended Album (starring Louise Gold, and featuring David Firth and Liza Hobbs). His work also features on the JAY/TER compilation albums: Great Duets From The Musicals The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales, and, The Great Musicals – Glamour And Majesty (those three all featuring Martin Smith), The Best Of Broadway Musicals, Encore The Very Best From The Musicals, Cole Porter - Night And Day, Simply Musicals (featuring Robert Meadmore), The Greatest Musicals of the 20th Century, Centre Stage Showtime! (including Gay Soper), The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens (including Robert Meadmore), The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears (including Martin Smith), Magic Of The Musicals (including Gay Soper, and, Sally Ann Triplett), The Best Of The Musicals, 100 Hits Musicals (featuring Robert Meadmore), Let’s Go On With The Show – Hit Songs From The West End & Broadway (including Gay Soper), The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood (including Gay Soper), and, The History Of The Musical.
Myra Sands and Louise Gold have gone on to become stalwarts of The Lost Musicals appearing together in such productions as: By Jupiter, One Touch of Venus (1992 Production), Du Barry Was A Lady (1993 Production), New Girl In Town, Red Hot & Blue, Something For The Boys, Panama Hattie, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, One Touch Of Venus (2000 Production), Darling of The Day, and, Mexican Hayride. In addition some 16 years after this show, they again appeared together at The Royal Festival Hall in Follies, which was also produced by Raymond Gubby Limited. They have also appeared together in Camberwell Pocket Opera’s First Fundraising Gala.
Louise Gold crossed paths with the legacy of Miss Rosina Brandram again in 2003, by appearing in The Gondoliers (as The Duchess Of Plaza Toro) where she also had to sing some additional lyrics by Alistair Beaton.