A Concert Version of
The Soap Opera
Louise Gold appeared in this one night concert staging, at The Piccadilly Theatre on Sunday 29 November 1987.
It should be noted that most of the actors in the cast were portraying actors playing characters in a soap opera, so both their characters names and their characters parts in the soap opera within the show are given below.
Mercy Bleet playing
Tammy Hazel playing Nurse Crain - Louise Gold
Hildegarde Edge playing Constance Chessington - Jan Hartley
Anita Chandos playing Nurse Mendelssohn - Gay Soper
Winthrop Roberts playing Warren - Steve Devereaux
Van Austin playing Craig Van Horn - Robert Meadmore
Simon Carp playing Wallace and Walter Chessington - Berwick Kaler
Glen Bexley playing Brick Baxter - Dudley Stevens
Brett Forester playing The Floor Manager - Adam Wide
Hosted by - Christopher Biggins (but see below)
Book & Lyrics by - Dudley Stevens
Music by - Martin Yates
Presented by - Associate Productions Limited
It says on the flyer that the show was hosted by Christopher Biggins, and this has been confirmed by Martin Yates; However according to Musical Stages magazine Louise Gold and Christopher Biggins had never worked together prior to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Mr Biggins apparently has no recollection of having been in it.
This one night concert performance of The Soap Opera is so far the only time the show has actually been performed, so far.
Louise Gold, Christopher Biggins, and, Berwick Kaler may have returned to The Piccadilly Theatre a month later to take part in Thing A Thon.
Steve Devereaux, and, Louise Gold had previously appeared in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Norwich Production).
Gay Soper and Dudley Stevens had previously appeared in The Ratepayers’ Iolanthe and the Concert Of Highlights From The Ratepayers’ Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado .
Robert Meadmore may have previously appeared in Will-Aid. His recording credits include, The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens
Robert Meadmore and Louise Gold had previously appeared together on television in Julia And Company, they went on to appear together on stage in Side By Side By Sondehim, the Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala, and Hubert Gregg’s Memorial Service. They also took part in Shopping With The Stars 2008.
Christopher Biggins may have gone on to appear in Dear Ralph.
Gay Soper and Christopher Biggins went on to appear in Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala.
Gay Soper went on to appear at Dress Circle Grand Reopening, and, Shopping With The Stars 2009, her recording credits include Cabaret, Centre Stage Showtime!, Let’s Go On With The Show – Hit Songs From The West End & Broadway, and, The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.
Martin Yates’s recording credits include: Stop The World I Want To Get Off , The Best Of Broadway Musicals, Encore The Very Best From The Musicals, Great Duets From The Musicals, Cole Porter - Night And Day, The History Of The Musical, Simply Musicals, The Greatest Musicals of the 20th Century, Centre Stage Showtime!, The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales, The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens, The Great Musicals – Glamour And Majesty, The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears, Magic Of The Musicals, The Best Of The Musicals, 100 Hits Musicals, and, The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.
Louise Gold went on to return to The Piccadilly Theatre, this time for a month, in Noises Off where funnily enough she also played an actress playing a character.
Louise Gold and Christopher Biggins went gone on to appear together in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as Baroness and Baron Bomburst respectively.
Louise Gold, Robert Meadmore, Gay Soper, and, Christopher Biggins went on to appear in Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala.
Jan Hartley, and, Robert Meadmore went on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan.
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
Gay Soper, and, Rosemary Ashe’s recording credits include Magic Of The Musicals.
Steve Devereaux, and, Robert Meadmore’s recording credits include 100 Hits Musicals.
Links about The Soap Opera
Martin Yates’s company