Christmas At The Ritz

Episodes

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19931225]

This week's season of six plays visiting the theatreland of the 1920s, guided by some of London's "bright young things", starts with Turkey Time, a farce by Ben Travers.

The Stoatts have invited family and friends to "Cobblers" for Christmas.

At the Ritz:

Adapted by Martyn Read Director Sue Wilson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931225]

Adapted By: Martyn Read

Director: Sue Wilson

Edwin: Desmond Barrit

David: Michael Cochrane

Max: Alex Jennings

Mrs Gather: Elizabeth Spriggs

Ernestine: Jill Graham

Rose: Teresa Gallagher

Mrs Pike: Jillie Meers

Westboume: Christopher Scott

Louise: Geraldine Fitzgerald

Meate: Brian Miller

Florence: Sunny Ormonde

Tudbal: John Baddeley

Bats: Jenny Funnell

Mabel: Elizabeth Bell

Ronnie: Nicholas Boulton

Hubert: Gareth Armstrong

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931227]

The season continues with Hit the Heights! a glittering new revue from the 1920s, compiled by Brian Sibley. It features songs and sketches from Noël Coward, Cole Porter , Ivor Novello and others, many of which have not been seen or heard since their original performances.

Compered by the inimitable Mr John Moffatt and starring the incomparable Miss Elisabeth Welsh.

Featuring Una Stubbs , Nickolas Grace , Charles Kay , Cathy Sara , Nicholas Boulton , Michael Onslow , Peter Whitman and Rachel Atkins.

Musical direction Richard Holmes Director Glyn Dearman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931227]

Unknown: Brian Sibley.

Unknown: Cole Porter

Unknown: Ivor Novello

Unknown: Mr John

Unknown: Miss Elisabeth Welsh.

Unknown: Una Stubbs

Unknown: Nickolas Grace

Unknown: Charles Kay

Unknown: Cathy Sara

Unknown: Nicholas Boulton

Unknown: Michael Onslow

Unknown: Peter Whitman

Unknown: Rachel Atkins.

Unknown: Richard Holmes

Director: Glyn Dearman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931228]

The season continues with The Circle, Somerset Maugham's most successful comedy.

Arnold ChampiorvCheney , MP, is not proud of his mother, the outrageous Lady Kitty, and now Elizabeth, his wife, has invited her to stay.

Director Sue Wilson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931228]

Unknown: Arnold Champiorvcheney

Director: Sue Wilson

Arnold Champion-Cheney: Peter McQueen

Elizabeth: Charlotte Attenborough

Oive Champion-Cheney: Paul Daneman

Lady Kitty: Elizabeth Spriggs

Lord Porteous: Norman Rodway

Teddie Luton: Gary Cady

Anna: Geraldine Fitzgerald

Butler: John Evitts

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931229]

The season continues with On Approval, Frederick Lonsdale 's sparkling comedy of two mismatched couples who embark on a trial period of living together-in the most platonic manner - with the most disastrous results. Set in London and Scotland in the 20s.

Director Glyn Dearman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931229]

Unknown: Frederick Lonsdale

Director: Glyn Dearman

Maria Wislack: Maria Aitken

Richard Halton: John Standing

Helen Hayle: Samantha Bond

Duke of Bristol: Alex Jennings

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931230]

The season continues with a production of The Vortex by Noël Coward. First performed in 1924 atthe Everyman in Hampstead, this play rocketed Coward into prominence as both actor and writer.

The action takes place in Mrs Lancaster's London flat and her country house.

Music by William Davies

Director Glyn Dearman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931230]

Music By: William Davies

Director: Glyn Dearman

Florence Lancaster: Elisabeth Sellars

Nicky Lancaster: Martin Jarvis

Helen Savilk: Sarah Lawson

Tom Veryan: Timothy Dalton

Bunty Mainwaring: Kate Coleridge

Pauncefort Quentin: Gerald Cross

Clara Hibbert: Gudrun Ure

Bruce Fairtight: Peter Woodthorpe

David Lancaster: Peter Williams

Preston: Madi Hedd

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931231]

The 20s theatre season ends with a dramatisation of The Good Companions, J B Priestley's most popular novel, in which the Dinky Doos, an ailing theatrical troupe, are discovered by Miss Trant.

At the Ritz:

Dramatised by Elizabeth ProurJ. MusicMalcotm McKee Director Sue Wilson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931231]

Dramatised By: Elizabeth Prourj.

Dramatised By: Musicmalcotm McKee

Director: Sue Wilson

Miss Trant: Hannah Gordon

Jess Oakroyd: Bernard Cribbins

lnigo Jolifant: Christopher Scoular

Susie Dean: Elizabeth Mansfield

Elsie and Effie: Sunny Ormonde

Mrsjoe/Mrs Tarvin: Jill Graham

Jerry Jerringham: John Webb

Joby Jackson: Gareth Armstrong

Jimmy NunnlMr Gooch: John Baddeley

Moreton Mitcham: John Hollis

Joe Brundit: John Harwood

Lady PartHt/Ethel: Geraldine Fitzgerald

Mr Tarvin/Mortimer/Summers: Christopher Scott

Mrs Tipstead/Mrs Oakroyd/Carrie Nunn: Jlllle Meers

Hilary/Leonard: Richard Pearce

Eric Tipstead/Ridvers/Dr Hugh McFarlane: David Bannerman

Faunttey/Mr Memsworth: Phlllp Anthony

Mr Priestley/ Dulver: Dominic Letts

Rev Chdhngworth/UncleArthur/Mr Pitsner: John Evitts

Mrs Mounder/Lanahdy: Elizabeth Proud

Babs: Jenny Funnell

Mabel: Elizabeth Bell

Ronnie: Nicholas Boulton

Hubert: Gareth Armstrong