Will-Aid:

A Celebration Of Shakespeare & ďHamlet TravestieĒ

Louise Gold was scheduled to feature as a singer in Will-Aid, a fundraising gala (in the presence of HRH Princess Margaret Countess Of Snowdon) in aid of Action Against Aids, at The Sadlers Wells Theatre, on Sunday 12 April 1987

 Note: Please note the cast listing and running order is not necessarily accurate, the webmaster wasnít present andso is having to use the original printed programme of events as a guide. I donít even know whether Ms Gold actually took part in this!

Cast

  A Celebration Of Shakespeare

Francesca Annis

Linda Baron

Alan Bates

Keith Baxter

Jill Bennet

Claire Bloom

Cantabile

Tudor Davies

Edward Fox

Maria Friedman

Stephen Fry

Christopher Fulford

Louise Gold

Barrie Gosney

Nicholas Grace

Simon Green

Dame Wendy Hiller

Sally Ann Howes

Barry James

David Kernan

Sara Kestleman

Tommy Korberg

Peter Land

Hugh Laurie

Dilys Laye

Jenny Logan

Stephen Mann

Alfred Marks

Gareth Marks

Nichola McAuliffe

Geraldine McEwan

Mary Millar

Claire Moore

Paddie OíNeal

Ian Ogilvy

Jennifer Penney

Michael Pennington

Fionuala Power

Angela Richards

Liz Robertson

Anton Rogers

Amanda Root

Trinidad Sevillano

Mark Silver

Petra Siniawski

Matz Skoog

Peter Straker

Naomi Tate

William Trevitt

Reg Tsboe

Dorothy Tutin

Valerie Walsh

Derek Waring

James Warwick

Dilys Watling

 

Members of the Cast of The Phantom of the Opera and the Front of House Staff at Her Majestyís Theatre: John Aron, Sally Ashfield, Steve Barton, Peter Bishop, Anne Breckell, Justin Church, David de Van, Sue Flannery, Paul Arden Griffith, Lynn Jezzard, Dianah Jones, Patricia Merrin, Mary Millar, Jane Milligan, Claire Moore, James Paterson, Patricia Richards, Adrian Scott, Naomi Tate, Laura Coyne, Catherine Diggs, Andrea Dixon, Mark Hogarth, Shaun Kerrison, Brian Palmer, Samantha Phillip, and, Julian Redmond

 

Courtesy Notes:

Fionuala Power appears courtesy of The Royal Ballet

Matz Skoog and Trinidad Sevillano appear courtesy of The London Festival Ballet

William Trevitt appears courtesy of The Royal Ballet School

William Tuckett (Choreographer) courtesy of The Royal Ballet School

 

 Hamlet Travestie

Hamlet - Patrick Ryecart

Claudius - John Moffatt

Gertrude - Gwen Watford

Polonius - Freddie Jones

Ophelia - Polly James

Horatio - Robert Meadmore

Laertes - Geoffrey Burridge

Reynaldo - Anthony Sher

Rosencrantz -

Guildenstern - James Villiers

Osrick - Nickolas Grace

Marcellus - Margaret Courtenay

Bernado - Maxine Audley

Archbishop of Elsinore - Lionel Bart

Gravedigger - Maurice Denham

Ghost - Royce Mills

Herald - John Wells

Player King- Derek Griffiths

Player Queen - Moyra Fraser

Player Usurper - Derek Deane

First Gentleman - Gary Fairhall

Gentlemen - Tim Pearce and Gordon Mackintosh

First Lady - Virginia Denham

Ladies - Petal Nelson and Josephine Gordon

Musicians - Cantabile

Fortinbras Ė (left blank in programme)

 

Production Team

Produced by - Show People

Designed by - Michael Annals and Peter Docherty

Lighting by - Leonard Tucker

Sound by - Paul Farrah Sound

Musical Direction by - Jonathan Cohen, Mike Haslem, and, Colin Sell

Orchestra: Andy Bush, Paul Dias, Danny Emond, Wilf Gibson, Peter Grahame, Malcolm Griffiths, Stuart Hall, Sally Herbert, Tamsin Kaler, Martin Kelly, Terry Montague-Mason, David Rose, Colin Sell, Millie Taylor, Jo Tobia, David White, and, David Whitson

 

 

 

   A Celebration Of Shakespeare

Directed by - David Kernan

Staged by - Tudor Davies

Writers include -Trevor Nunn, Tom Stoppard, Guy Woolfenden

Additional Choreography - William Tuckett, Gillian Lynne

 

 Hamlet Travestie

Written by - John Poole Esq

Music composed and arranged by - Peter Greenwell

Directed by - Ned Sherrin

Musical Direction - Jonathan Cohan and Mike Haslam

Movement - Kenn Oldfield

 

Running Order (A Celebration Of Shakespeare)

Prologue (written by Tom Stoppard) - Alan Bates

 

Another Opening, Another Show - Members of the cast of The Phantom Of The Opera and The Front Of House Staff At Her Majestyís Theatre

 

Romeo And Juliet / West Side Story

Gee Officer Krupke - Barrie Gosney, Simon Green, Barry James, Peter Land, Stephen Mann, Reg Tsboe, James Warwick, and, Derek Waring

A Boy Like That / I Have A Love - Claire Moore, and, Angela Richards

Pas de Deaux - Trinidad Sevillano and Matz Skoog

America - Linda Baron, Maria Friedman, Louise Gold, Dilys Laye, Jenny Logan, Mary Millar, Liz Robertson, Petra Siniawski, Naomi Tate, Valerie Walsh, and, Dilys Watling

Balcony Scene - Amanda Root, and, Christopher Fulford

One Hand, One Heart - Tommy Korberg

 

Four Sonnets - Dorothy Tutin

††††††††††††††††††††† Geraldine McEwan

††††††††††††††††††††† Claire Bloom

††††††††††††††††††††† Finola Power and William Trevitt (choreographed by William Tuckett)

What A Piece Of Work Is A Man - Peter Straker

Much Ado About Nothing (A Duologue) - Jill Bennet and Edward Fox

Hamlet (A Song) - Cantabile

Two Sonnets - Dame Wendy Hiller and Keith Baxter

A Comedy Of Errors (A Song by Trevor Nunn and Guy Wolfenden) - Nickolas Grace (Choreographed by Gillian Lynne)

A Sketch - Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie

A Midsummer Nightís Dream (A Duologue) - Francesca Annis and Michael Pennington

Pas de Deux - Jennifer Penney and Mark Silver

 

The Taming Of The Shrew / Kiss Me Kate

Where Is The Life That Late I Lead - Tudor Davies and David Kernan

A Duologue - Sara Kestleman and Ian Ogilvy

I Hate Men - Nichola McAuliffe

So In Love - Sally Ann Howes

Brush Up Your Shakespeare - Paddie OíNeal, Alfred Marks, and, Gareth Marks

 

The Feste Song- Anton Rogers

 

On the subject of the material used in Shakespeare A Celebration, it may be worth noting that besides using songs from the two best known Shakespeare musicals, Kiss Me Kate and West Side Story, this concoction also seems to have included a number from Hair.

It is perhaps worth noting that while songwriter Lionel Bart does not often seem to be known for acting on the stage, however, in 1953 he played an Ugly sister (Lavinia) in an agit prop version of Cinderella at Unity Theatre (London), for which he and Jack Grossman has written the songs. (the Ďbookí for that panto was by Una Brandon-Jones, John Gold, and, Roger Woddis).

Incidentally, Maxine Audley is also a former Unity Theatre player.

One may as well note that at one time or another in her career Louise Gold has sung several of the Shakespeare-oriented songs that other people sang her, such as: Another Opening Another Show (on The Muppet Show, in Noel/Cole: Letís Do It, and, on the album Noel/Cole: Letís Do It (Recording)), A Boy Like That (in Side By Side By Sondheim), I Hate Men (in Kiss Me Kate), So In Love (in Kiss Me Kate), and, Brush Up Your Shakespeare (in: Noel/Cole: Letís Do It, and, Kiss Me Kate).

Lynda Baron and Louise Gold went on to appear together in Broadway To Brighton.

David Kernan and Ned Sherrin also appeared in Broadway To Brighton.

It is possible that Sue Flannery may also have gone on to appear in Broadway To Brighton, that show had an actress named Susan Flannery in it.

Lynda Baron, Maria Friedman, and, Louise Gold, went on to appear together in Kids At Heart which was directed by David Kernan.

Alan Bates, Simon Green, Sally Ann Howes, David Kernan, Robert Meadmore, Claire Moore, Angela Richards, and, Ned Sherrin also went on to appear in Kids At Heart, which Sara Kestleman, Gareth Marks and Nichola McAuliffe may also have appeared in, and Geradine McEwan may possibly have appeared in too (but probably didnít). Nickolas Grace may also have appeared in it (there was an actor named Nicholas Grace in it).

Keith Baxter, David Kernan, Claire Moore, Andy Bush, and, Ned Sherrin may have gone on to appear in Comedy Tonight, which Trevor Nunn co-directed, and which Kenn Oldfield did some of the choreography.

Maria Friedman, Angela Richards, Liz Robertson, Michael Haslem, and, Ned Sherrin went on to appear in Chicago & Company, also directed by David Kernan, which Mr Kernan dedicated to the memory of Jill Bennet.

Maria Friedman and Louise Gold went on to appear together in A Time To Start Living, which was directed by David Kernan.

Simon Green, Sally Ann Howes, David Kernan, Claire Moore, Liz Robertson, Andy Bush, Peter Greenwell, and. Ned Sherrin also appeared in A Time To Start Living.

It is possible that Sue Flannery may also have gone on to appear in A Time To Start Living, that show had an actress named Susan Flannery in it.

Maria Friedman and Louise Gold went on to appear together, along with David Kernan and Angela Richards in Sondheim At The Barbican.

Maria Friedman and Louise Gold went on to appear together in Merrily We Roll Along (Stage Production) and on itís associated recording Merrily We Roll Along (Recording).

Maria Friedman, Louise Gold, and Claire Moore have sung together on Cabaret.

Louise Gold and Claire Moore have sung together on Encore The Very Best From The Musicals.

Maria Friedman, and, Simon Greenís recording credits include The History Of The Musical.

Stephen Fry took part in Comic Relif 1986, his recording credits include Utterly Utterly Live Comic Relief.

Louise Gold and Liz Robertson, went on to appear together, along with Sally Ann Howes, David Kernan, Peter Greenwell, and, Ned Sherrin in Noel/Cole: Letís Do It, which was directed by David Kernan.

Barry James, Liz Robertson, and, Anton Rogers had previously appeared in The Royal Variety Performance (1982).

Louise Gold and Liz Robertson appear, along with David Kernan, and, Peter Greenwell on Noel/Cole: Letís Do It (Recording).

Louise Gold and Liz Robertson went on to appear, along with David Kernan, and, Robert Meadmore, in the Chelmsford revival of Side By Side By Sondheim, which was directed by David Kernan.

Louise Gold and Liz Robertson went on to appear together, along with David Kernan, Robert Meadmore, Angela Richards, and, Ned Sherrin in the Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala, which was directed by David Kernan; and in which Angela Richards also sang A Boy Like That.

Louise Gold and Dilys Laye went on to appear together in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Liz Robertson, and, Jonathan Cohenís recording credits include Cole Porter - Night And Day.

Liz Robertson went on to appear in the Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala, for which Kenn Oldfield did some of the choreography.

John Aron had previously been one of the ballroom dancers in Labyrinth.

Robert Meadmore had previously appeared in The Metropolitan Mikado and a concert of highlights from the Ratepayersí Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado, both of which were directed by Ned Sherrin.

Paul Farrah Sound had previously done the sound design for The Metropolitan Mikado.

Robert Meadmore went on to appear in The Soap Opera, and at Hubert Greggís Memorial Service.

Maxine Audley went on to appear in Nunsense (stage show).

Derek Griffiths had previously been a presenter of BBC TVís Play School, where he regularly demonstrated his excellent dance and mime skills.

Colin Sell went on to provide musical accompaniment for some episodes of Letís Do The Show Right Here.

Choreographer Kenn Oldfield had previously appeared in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Touring Production), he went on to choreograph A Midsummer Nightís Dream and The Boys From Syracuse.

Ned Sherrin went on to write material for Ziegfeld (stage show), some of which found itís way onto the album Ziegfeld (recording). He also went on to present Ned Sherrinís Review Of Revue.

Anton Rogers, and, Robert Meadmore had previously appeared on television in Julia And Company

Gillian Lynne of course also famously choreographed Cats, for which Trevor Nunn did some additional lyrics.

Anton Rogers and Trevor Nunn went on to appear on television on A Week In The West End.

Claire Moore, and, Robert Meadmoreís recording credits include Simply Musicals.

Alfred Marks may have gone on to appear in Dear Ralph.

Gillian Lynne had previously been one of the choreographers working on The Muppet Show. She went on to do the choreography for the stage production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Nicola McAuliffe went on to originate the role of Baroness Bomeburst in the stage production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a role which Louise Gold took-over for the last year and a half of the London run.

Louise Gold, and, Liz Robertson went on to appear in Happily Ever After, and to take part in A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh, and Shopping With The Stars 2009.

Tudor Davies had previously appeared in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Norwich Production).

Petra Siniawski went on to choreograph a production of Poppy, in which Louise Gold appeared.

David Kernan, Simon Green, Liz Roberson, and, Michael Haslem went on to appear in Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala, which Ned Sherrin was also involved with.

Dilys Laye went on to appear in Alice In Wonderland, on which Louise Gold puppeteered.

Simon Green, Peter Land, Robert Meadmore, Angela Richards, and, Peter Straker have gone on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan.

Claire Mooreís recording credits include The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales, and, Letís Go On With The Show Ė Hit Songs From The West End & Broadway.

Polly Jamesís recording credits include The Great Musicals Ė Glamour And Majesty.

Maria Friedman, and, Claire Mooreís recording credits include Centre Stage Showtime!.

David Kernan, and, Liz Robertsonís recording credits include The Great Musicals Ė Laughter And Tears.

After Ned Sherrinís death The Company Of Mary Poppinsís late night FUNdraising cabaret special was dedicated to him.

Nickolas Grace, Robert Meadmore, Liz Robertson, and, Louise Gold went on to take part in Shopping With The Stars 2008.

Claire Mooreís recording credits include Magic Of The Musicals, which Jonathan Cohen also conducted on.

Simon Green went on to appear in Flaunt It 2008.

Sara Kestlemanís recording credits include The Best Of The Musicals.

Cantabile, Maxine Audley, Dilys Watling, Angela Richards, Peter Straker, Jonathan Cohen, David Kernan, Paul Arden Griffith, Sally Ashfield, Anne Breckell, Justin Church, Lynn Jezzard, Patricia Merrin, Claire Moore, Alan Bates, Linda Baron, Simon Green, Nicola McAuliffe, Anton Rogers, Ned Sherrin, Sally Ann Howes, and, Ian Ogilvy may have gone on to take part in Thing A Thon, which Maria Friedman was involved with.

Maria Friedman, Robert Meadmore, Claire Moore, and, Jonathan Cohenís recording credits include 100 Hits Musicals.

Maria Friedman, Simon Green, David Kernan, and, Claire Mooreís recording credits include The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.

Keith Baxter, Peter Greenwell, David Kernan, and, Liz Robertsonís radio credits include The Radio 2 Arts Programme Chichester Festival 1994.

Louise Gold went on to appear in Lionel Bartís musical Oliver!  

Liz Robertson, and, Ned Sherrin went on to take part in CLICís 18th Birthday Celebration.

Michael Haslam has gone on to play for Mexican Hayride, in Sadlerís Wellsís Lillian Baylis Studio Theatre

 

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