The Land Of The Dinosaurs
Louise Gold appeared in this, on tour at various venues during the Spring of 1977
occasion the play used walk-a-about publicity stunts to advertise itself. For
“A couple of Amazonian natives had to support
the seven-footer, which purported to be an extremely rare Tyrannosaurus Rex”
According to the Local paper the walk-about continued with
“Feeling a little behind the news the 175m years out-of-date reptile picked up a copy of the Oxford Mail at the corner of Cornmarket, scanned the front page and ate it.” OXFORD MAIL, Wednesday 11 May 1977, p3.
Includes: Louise Gold.
Director – Ken Hill
Music & Lyrics - Ken Hill and Ian Armit
Original Production - 3 October 1974, Theatre Royal
Loosely wrenched from Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
? Bristol, March 1977 (noted in The Stage on 24 March, presumably the show was earlier)
New Oxford Theatre 9 to 14 May 1977
There may well have been other venues played on the tour, these are the only ones I could find listed in The Stage.
(according to an article on page 12 of The Stage from 24 March 1977) the
local RSPCA in
There was also a production of The Good Old Days - With The Fol De Rols touring the same venues during the evenings for which The Land Of The Dinosaurs was the matinee performance. However, the performers of the afternoon production do not appear to have been involved with the evening production.
It is worth noting that for one matinee performance Ms Gold’s understudy took her place, so that Ms Gold could go to an audition. That audition changed her life, it was for The Muppet Show.
Louise Gold and Caro Gurney had previously appeared together in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Touring Production).
“The play tells how a family go in search
of a land of monsters in the crater of an extinct volcano and discover more
than they bargained for.” D.A.C.,
Links about The Land Of The Dinosaurs
For modern British composers (number 84), includes
The Guide To Musical Theatre, London Show’s Chronology 1974: http://www.nodanw.com/london_shows_chronology/1974.htm
San Crancisco Chronicle interview with Ken Hill: http://www.kenhillsphantomoftheopera.co.uk/interviews/kenhill.htm
Wikipedia entry for the novel upon which this play is supposed to have been based: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lost_World_(Arthur_Conan_Doyle)