Shopping With The Stars 2008

Louise Gold appeared as herself one of the ‘Stars’ at Dress Circle on Saturday 10 May 2008, for an event in aid of The Theatrical Guild


The Stars

Stephen Ashfield

Performers from Avenue Q

Philip Bulcock

Glen Carter

Alan Dale

Performers from Dirty Dancing

Ben-James Ellis

Louise Gold

Nickolas Grace

Robert Hands

Linzi Hately

Performers from The Jersey Boys

Amy Lennox

Robert Meadmore

Ryan Molly

Philip Quast

Liz Robertson

Caroline Sheen

Nina Solderqist

Performers from Spamalot

Summer Strallen

Ian Talbot

Tony Timberlake

Baroness Issy Van Randwyck


Also Appearing

Avenue QYork Chen (performing Kate Monster), Mary Doherty (performing Female Bad Ideas Bear), Mark Goldthorp (performing Male Bad Ideas Bear), and, Chris Thatcher (performing Trekkie Monster)

Dirty Dancing – Nadia Coote, and?

Jersey BoysStephen Ashfield, Glen Carter, Ryan Molly, and, ?

SpamalotAlan Dale, Robert Hands, Nina Solderqiust and Tony Timberlake


Production Team

 Dress Circle Paid Staff – Michael, Chris, and, Melanie Tranter

Theatrical Guild – Jane Merrow, and, Liz Robertson

Official Photographer – Roy Tan


For an account/description of the event please click here.

Louise Gold, Philip Quast, Liz Robertson, and, Ian Talbot have gone on to take part in Shopping With The Stars 2009, at Dress Circle. Paid Staff Chris, Michael, and, Melanie were also in duty, and Roy Tan was the official photographer.

 Louise Gold, and, Issy Van Randwyck had previously appeared at Dress Circle in the Dress Circle Grand Reopening.

Nickolas Grace may also be the performer Nicholas Grace who took part in Kids At Heart.

Robert Hands had previously appeared in Mamma Mia Cast 6, as such appeared in the television programme ABBA – The Reunion.

Linzi Hately may have appeared in Comedy Tonight, and she went on to appear in Sondheim Women.

Robert Meadmore and Louise Gold had previously appeared together on stage in Metropolitan Mikado, a concert of highlights from the Ratepayer’s Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado, and The Soap Opera, they have also appeared together on television in Julia And Company, and they took part in Hubert Gregg’s Memorial Service.

Nickolas Grace, Robert Meadmore, Liz Robertson, and, Louise Gold may have taken part in Will Aid.

Robert Meadmore, Liz Robertson, and, Louise Gold have previously appeared together in Side By Side By Sondheim, and in both the Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala, and, the Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala.

Robert Meadmore had previously appeared in A Love Letter To Dan. His recording credits include Simply Musicals, and, The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens.

Robert Meadmore had previously taken part in Kids At Heart, which Nickolas Grace may also have taken part in (there was an actor called Nicholas Grace in it).

Philip Quast had previously appeared in Curtain Up, and, Final Chic Cabaret 2003.

Liz Robertson had previously taken part in The Royal Variety Performance 1982, Chicago & Company,  A Time To Start Living, CLIC’s 18th Birthday Celebration, and, The Radio 2 Arts Programme Chichester Festival 1994.

Liz Robertson, and, Issy Van Randwyck’s recording credits include Cole Porter – Night And Day, and The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears.

Liz Robertson, and, Louise Gold had previously appeared together in Happily Ever After, Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It, and, A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh. Their recording credits (together) include Noel/Cole Let’s Do It (Recording).

Liz Robertson, Ian Talbot, and, Issy Van Randwyck had previously taken part in the Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala.

Summer Strallen had previously appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Ian Talbot had previously directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and, Dear Ralph.

Issy Van Randwyck had previously appeared in Kiss Me Kate which Ian Talbot directed.

Issy Van Randwyck had previously appeared in Love Life, By Jupiter, Hot ‘n’ Spicey 2, her recording credits include Encore The Very Best From The Musicals, and, The History Of The Musical.

Robert Meadmore, Philip Quast, and, Issy Van Randwyck’s recording credits include 100 Hits Musicals.

In the past the Theatrical Ladies Guild had several sister charities, one of these was The Music Hall Ladies Guild. A certain incident at one of their fundraising events seems to have inspired the Act 1 finale of the musical One Touch Of Venus (One Touch Of Venue (1992 Production), One Touch Of Venus (2000 Production)), and indeed the fundraising event itself is the party referred to in the tale that Whitelaw Savoury tells at the Art Student’s ball).

Stop Press: The Jersey Boys, and Spitting Image’s puppetmistress Louise Gold are among those scheduled to entertain at the 2 Wheel Appeal’s Amazing Charity Auction on 20 November 2010..


Links about Shopping With The Stars

The Theatrical Guild: and in particular:

Stage Stage Beauty’s Article on the history of the Theatrical Guild (originally known as The Theatrical Ladies Guild):

Dress Circle:  and in particular:

The event’s entry on The Philip Quast Guide:  (includes a short account by Eli focusing on Philip Quast’s appearance)

Roy Tan’s Official Photographs Of The Day:

Photocall (Wenn)’s pictures of the event:

 MSN Entertainment’s video news report of the event (featuring Philip Quast and Summer Strallen):



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