Ring Round the Moon
“The season comes to a thrilling close with the comic romance of Jean Anouilh’s RING ROUND THE MOON, in the celebrated adaptation by Christopher Fry … Making his British stage debut is Oscar-winning actor José Ferrer.” – Chichester publicity, 1988
This revival dropped the character ‘A General’ after the Chichester run.
Cast & Crew
|A General||George Giles|
|An Alter Ego||Tim Wallers|
|Diana Messerschmann||Linda Thorson|
|Frederic / Hugo||Michael Siberry|
|Isabelle’s mother||June Whitfield|
|Lady India||Diana Marchment|
|Madame Desmortes||Googie Withers|
|Patrice Bombelles||Tom Kelly|
|A General||Richard Avery
(started 6th September 1988)
|An Alter Ego||Tim Fulston
(started 3rd October 1988)
|Costume Designer||Luciana Arrighi|
|Executive Producer||John Gale|
|Music by||Richard Rodney Bennett|
|Musical Director||Corin Buckeridge|
|Translated by||Christopher Fry|
|Assistant Director||Sam Mendes|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Edward Foster|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Stephen Sparshatt|
|Company Manager||Gary Collins|
|Deputy Stage Manager||Lucy Stewart-Roberts|
|Orchestra: clarinet, saxophones||Ian Chamberlain|
|Orchestra: double bass||Cathy Ricketts|
|Orchestra: keyboards||Corin Buckeridge|
|Orchestra: violin||Caroline Ball|
|Stage Manager||Patrick Mirams|
- Observations (1)
- Source: University of Bristol Theatre Collection
- Last modified by Jared William.
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Christopher Fry’s English adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s L’INVITATION AU CHATEAU. Subtitle: A CHARADE WITH MUSIC.
In 1988 I was working with Elijah Moshinsky on a production of Tippett’s Midsummer Marriage for Channel 4. Just before working on this I’d worked on a documentary about Richard Rodney Bennett for ITV Central Production.
Elijah was busy setting up Ring around the Moon and, rather idly said to me “I don’t suppose you know anyone who could write the incidental music for this production, do you?”
I did. I knew *exactly* who would produce the perfect score, if he had the time and the inclination – he was a very celebrated composer and performer, but this period in French music was something I knew he loved. I put them in touch, and voilà: Richard wrote the music for this.
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