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0001 - Heathcliff (1996)
Musique: John Farrar
Paroles: Tim Rice
Livret: Cliff Richard • Frank Dunlop
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Genèse: Sir Cliff Richard had wanted to do something with the character Heathcliff from Emily Bronte's novel Wuthering Heights for years. He had also been aquatinted with Tim Rice for years, knowing him from his days with Norrie Paramor. In 1991, Tim received a call from Cliff Richard with a proposition -- how would he like to write the lyrics to an album about Heathcliff? Already onboard the project was John Farrar (Farrar had worked with former Shadows members Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch, and had written and produced many of Olivia Newton John's hits). Olivia Newton John had said she would sing the part of Cathy on the album. The plan was to turn what would start out as an album into a concert show, with Frank Dunlop directing. Tim, needless to say, agreed. What emerged was the concept album Songs From Heathcliff. The album (classified as Cliff Richard songs rather than as a show starring Cliff Richard), was released in October of 1995. The first single released was "Misunderstood Man", which entered the UK charts in October at number 19. It even found it's way onto the popular BBC soap EastEnders as background music for a scene. "Had To Be" was released on 2 November, entering at number 22. A new version of "I Do Not Love You Isabella" (rather than the track from the Songs From Heathcliff album) titled "The Wedding" was released on 18 March 1996. Featuring Helen Hobson who had just been signed on to portray Cathy for the show, the single entered the charts at number 40. Heathcliff had trouble making play lists because it was too rock/pop for some stations, and too non-rock/pop for the others. Record-Breaking Ticket Sales A 22 week UK tour of the concert began on 16 October 1996 in Birmingham, and then moved to Edinburgh, Manchester, and London. The dates for the concerts were announced in early March. Cliff Richard visited all three locations, and with Tim Rice, sold tickets. Heathcliff set records the first day tickets for the tour were available on Monday 4 March 1996 by raking in £2,305,00. Six extra weeks had to be added immediately to the tour because the tickets sold out so fast. A Heathcliff Hotline was set up for tickets for all locations at 0990-203020. Even with the extra dates, the demand for Heathcliff could not be met, so a return to Birmingham Academy from Saturday 14 December to Thursday 19 December 1996 was later added to the tour. Two commemorative stamps featuring Cliff Richard were released when tickets went on sale. One was a profile of Cliff Richard, and the other had the picture from the Songs From Heathcliff album on it. Show Details Fall Into Place At first the papers declared that critics were to be barred from the show. Cliff Richard responded that he had never intended to keep critics from seeing the show, he just wanted to give his fans top priority. If there were tickets left, the critics were more than welcome to have them. It was announced at a Heathcliff press conference in London on Sunday 3 March 1996 that Helen Hobson would play Cathy. Backing vocals would be supplied by Mick Wilson, John Perry and David Combes; the band would be composed of John Clark, Keith Hayman, Peter May, Bob Noble, Alan Park and Steve Stroud. Mike Moran would be the musical director, and the show would be choreographed by Brad Jeffries. Rehearsals began on 2 September 1996. The show, presented by the Cliff Richard Organisation, opened on 16 October 1996 at the National Indoor Arena at Birmingham as planned, and was much expanded from the original Cliff Richard album. Lyrics and music, of course, were by Tim Rice and John Farrar respectively. The book was by Cliff Richard and Frank Dunlop. Frank Dunlop also directed, choreography was by Brad Jeffries, production design was by Joe Vanek, and lighting design was by the ubiquitous Andrew Bridge. Musical direction for the production was by Mike Moran. The show starred Cliff Richard as Heathcliff, Helen Hobson as Cathy, Darryl Knock as Edgar, and Jimmy Johnston as Hindley. Due to the complexity of the production, Heathcliff was not able to move from Birmingham Academy to Edinburgh Playhouse by 5 November as originally planned. Instead, the show opened at the Edinburgh Playhouse the next day, Wednesday 6 November. A special matinee performance at 2.30 on Saturday 9 November 1996 was added for all of the fans who had purchased tickets for the performance on the 5th. Among the publicity for the show was a full page colour advertisement on the first page of the 1996-1997 issue of the Dress Circle catalogue. Tour Success Leads To Additional Dates The single "Be With Me Always" featuring Cliff Richard and Helen Hobson which was to be released on 4 November 1996, was released instead on 13 January 1997. The double CD cast album, produced by John Farrar and recorded live at Earls Court Hall (where rehearsals were held) and the Academy at the National Indoor Arena (Birmingham) by the BBC Radio International Mobile, (originally due to be released on 18 November and then 9 December) was released on 2 December 1996. An extra tour date for Heathcliff was scheduled for The Academy at the NIA, Birmingham on Friday 13 December 1996. (The extended date had at first been set for Saturday 14 December 1996.) A month's worth of extra dates were also added for Labatt's Apollo, Hammersmith (London) from Monday 7 April to Saturday 3 May 1997. The box office for those performances opened on Saturday 30 November 1996 at 10 A.M.. Two further weeks of performances were added after Easter for Hammersmith (London), with tickets going on sale 4 April 1997, making the last night of Heathcliff Saturday 17 May 1997. There were no Sunday performances. The show was not open on 5 May (Monday), 6 May (Tuesday), 12 May (Monday), 13 May (Tuesday) when it was being taped for commercial release. A voucher for a £8 discount on the top two ticket prices (not valid on Friday and Saturday) was offerred, and could be obtained by sending a s.a.s.e. (with a first class stamp) to: Heathcliff Voucher Office, PO Box 46C, Esher, Surrey KT10 0RB, England. In mid April 1997, Tim Rice and Cliff Richard received awards for combined platinum (300,000+) sales of the two Heathcliff albums. In the seven months that Heathcliff played, it was seen by a half million people.

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Création: 16/10/1996 - National Indoor Arena (Birmingham) - représ.


Version 1

Camelot (1980-06-David H. Koch Theatre-LCPA-New York)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: David H. Koch Theatre (New-York - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 6 previews - 56 représentations
Première Preview : Monday 30 June 1980
Première : Tuesday 08 July 1980
Dernière : Saturday 23 August 1980
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie : Buddy Schwab
Producteur :
Avec : Arthur … Richard Burton
Sir Sagramore … Andy McAvin
Merlyn/Friar … James Valentine
Guenevere … Christine Ebersole
Sir Dinadan … William Parry
Nimue … Jeanne Caryl
Lancelot Du Lac … Richard Muenz
Mordred … Robert Fox
Dap … Robert Molnar
Lady Anne … Nora Brennan

Version 2

Camelot (1980-09-US Tour 3)

Type de série: US Tour
Théâtre: US Tour ( - Etats-Unis)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Tuesday 30 September 1980
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie : Buddy Schwab
Producteur :
Avec : Arthur … Richard Burton
Sir Sagramore … Andy McAvin
Merlyn/Friar … James Valentine
Guenevere … Christine Ebersole
Sir Dinadan … William Parry
Nimue … Jeanne Caryl
Lancelot Du Lac … Richard Muenz
Mordred … Robert Fox
Dap … Robert Molnar
Lady Anne … Nora Brennan
Commentaires longs: Opened in Dallas.

Version 3

Camelot (1981-11-Winter Garden Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Winter Garden Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 15 previews - 57 représentations
Première Preview : Tuesday 10 November 1981
Première : Sunday 15 November 1981
Dernière : Saturday 02 January 1982
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie : Buddy Schwab
Producteur :
Avec : King Arthur … Richard Harris
Sir Sagramore … Andy McAvin
Merlyn … James Valentine
Guenevere … Meg Bussert
Sir Dinidan … William Parry
Nimue … Jeanne Caryl
Lancelot Du Lac … Richard Muenz
Mordred … Richard Backus
Dap … Robert Molnar
Friar … Vincenzo Prestia
Commentaires longs: Il s'agit d'un arrêt à Broadway de l'US Tour qui a suivi le revival de Camelot à Broadway au Licoln.

Version 4

Camelot (1982-02-US Tour 4)

Type de série: US Tour
Théâtre: US Tour ( - Etats-Unis)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Thursday 11 February 1982
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie : Buddy Schwab
Producteur :
Avec : Arthur … Richard Harris
Guenevere … Debra Dickinson
Lancelot Du Lac … Richard Muenz
King Pellinore … Barrie Ingham
Mordred … Richard Backus
Commentaires longs: Opened in Buffalo.

Version 5

Camelot (1982-11-Apollo Victoria Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Apollo Victoria Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 2 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 180 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Tuesday 23 November 1982
Dernière : Saturday 05 February 1983
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie : Buddy Schwab
Producteur :
Avec : Richard Harris (King Arthur), Fiona Fullerton (Guinevere), William Squire (Merlin), Robert Meadmore (Sir Lancelot), Michael Howe (Mordred), Robin Bailey (Pellinore)
Commentaires : This was described as a disastrous revival, and one of the worst productions seen in the West End for a long time. Much of the blame was laid at the feet of Richard Harris who was accused of “walking through” the part without any effort. The Plays & Players critic said: “There is no denying the potency of Richard Harris’s personality. It is merely sad to remember that many years ago he was an actor.”

Version 6

Camelot (2007-01-US Tour 5)

Type de série: US Tour
Théâtre: US Tour ( - Etats-Unis)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Tuesday 09 January 2007
Dernière : Sunday 20 April 2008
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie : ???? ????
Producteur :
Commentaires longs: 19/02/2008 au 20/02/2008 Melbourne, FL King Center
22/02/2008 au 24/02/2008 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center
26/02/2008 au 01/03/2008 Birmingham, AL BJCC
4/03/2008 au 09/03/2008 Providence, RI Providence Performing Arts Ctr
11/03/2008 au 16/03/2008 Nashville, TN Andrew Jackson - TPAC
18/03/2008 au 23/03/2008 Naples, FL Philharmonic Center
25/03/2008 au 06/04/2008 Baltimore, MD Hippodrome Theatre
8/04/2008 au 13/04/2008 New Haven, CT Shubert Theatre
15/04/2008 au 20/04/2008 West Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center

Version 7

Captain of Köpenick (1971-03-Old Vic-NT-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Old Vic (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 8 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 60 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Tuesday 09 March 1971
Dernière : Saturday 27 November 1971
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :

Version 8

Edward II (1968-04-Old Vic-NT-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Old Vic (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 9 mois
Nombre : 32 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Tuesday 30 April 1968
Dernière : Saturday 25 January 1969
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : John Stride, Charles Kay, Graham Crowden, Jeremy Brett, Derek Jacobi, David Ryall, Edward Petherbridge, Robert Lang, Geraldine McEwan, Paul Curran, Benjamin Whitrow, John McEnery, Oliver Cotton, Roderick Horn, Gary Waldhorn
Commentaires : Version de Brecht - Traduction de William E Smith et Ralph Manheim

Version 9

Heathcliff (1996-10-UK Tour)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: UK Tour ( - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Wednesday 16 October 1996
Première : Wednesday 16 October 1996
Dernière : Saturday 08 February 1997
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie : Brad Jeffries
Producteur :
Avec : Cliff Richard (Narrator/Heathcliff), Helen Hobson (Cathy), Jimmy Johnston (Earnshaw/Hindley), Darryl Knock (Edgar), Sara Haggerty (Isabella), Gordon Giltrap (Troubadour), Geoff David, Chris Holland, Sonia Jones, Niki Kitt, Suzanne Parry
Commentaires : The music was by John Farrar, a former member of Cliff Richard’s legendary backing group, The Shadows, the lyrics by Tim Rice and the production by the renowned Frank Dunlop. Because of Cliff Richard’s personal reputation as the “Peter Pan of Pop” and the squeaky-clean image of his private life, he was never likely to be taken seriously by the critics. They had great fun suggesting other unlikely pieces of casting: Liberace as King Lear, Max Bygraves as Titus Andronicus, Julie Andrews as Lady Macbeth - and calling the show more “withering than wuthering”. However, for its Birmingham Arena premiere it had a record-breaking £8.5 million advance, with 340,000 tickets sold. It was a sell-out there, in Edinburgh, Manchester and during its London Apollo run, and packed every night with the blue-rinsed army of fans nicknamed the “Cliffhangers”.
Whatever the critics’ view of Cliff Richard as an actor, there was no doubting he was a genuine, twenty-four carat star.

> 7 Jan 97 to 8 Feb 97 Palace Theatre, Manchester
> 13 Dec 96 to 19 Dec 96 NEC (National Exhibition Centre), Birmingham
> 5 Nov 96 to 7 Dec 96 Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
> 16 Oct 96 to 2 Nov 96 NEC (National Exhibition Centre), Birmingham

Version 10

Heathcliff (1997-02-Apollo Hammersmith-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Eventim Apollo (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Wednesday 12 February 1997
Première : Wednesday 12 February 1997
Dernière : Saturday 03 May 1997
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie : Brad Jeffries
Producteur :
Avec : Cliff Richard (Narrator/Heathcliff), Helen Hobson (Cathy), Jimmy Johnston (Earnshaw/Hindley), Darryl Knock (Edgar), Sara Haggerty (Isabella), Gordon Giltrap (Troubadour), Geoff David, Chris Holland, Sonia Jones, Niki Kitt, Suzanne Parry
Commentaires : The music was by John Farrar, a former member of Cliff Richard’s legendary backing group, The Shadows, the lyrics by Tim Rice and the production by the renowned Frank Dunlop. Because of Cliff Richard’s personal reputation as the “Peter Pan of Pop” and the squeaky-clean image of his private life, he was never likely to be taken seriously by the critics. They had great fun suggesting other unlikely pieces of casting: Liberace as King Lear, Max Bygraves as Titus Andronicus, Julie Andrews as Lady Macbeth - and calling the show more “withering than wuthering”. However, for its Birmingham Arena premiere it had a record-breaking £8.5 million advance, with 340,000 tickets sold. It was a sell-out there, in Edinburgh, Manchester and during its London Apollo run, and packed every night with the blue-rinsed army of fans nicknamed the “Cliffhangers”.
Whatever the critics’ view of Cliff Richard as an actor, there was no doubting he was a genuine, twenty-four carat star.

Version 11

Home and Beauty (1968-10-Old Vic-NT-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Old Vic (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 6 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 41 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Tuesday 08 October 1968
Dernière : Friday 25 April 1969
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Geraldine McEwan, Robert Stephens, Sheila Reid, Daphne Heard, Robert Lang, Laurence Olivier, Jeanne Watts

Version 12

Joseph … (1972-10-Young Vic-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Young Vic Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Main Stage
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre : 16 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Monday 16 October 1972
Dernière : Saturday 28 October 1972
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie : ???? ????
Producteur :
Avec : Joseph ... Gary Bond / Jacob ... Alex McAvoy / Narrator ... Peter Reeves / Mrs. Potiphar ... Joan Heal / Potiphar ... Gavin Reed / Butler ... Andrew Robertson / Mrs. Jacob ... Julia McCarthy / Brother ... Paul Brooke, Ian Charleson, Jeremy James-Taylor
Commentaires longs: Il s'agit du transfert la production du Festival d'Edinburgh (1972) et après un passsage au Rondhouse en novembre, sera transféré au Noël Conward Theatre, dans le West End.

The production was the second part of a show called Bible One: Two Looks at the Book of Genesis. Part I, The Genesis Mediaeval Mystery Plays: The Creation to Jacob (which, at the Young Vic was originally called Mediaeval Mystery Plays), was Frank Dunlop's reworking of the first six Wakefield Mystery Plays, with music by Alan Doggett.

Version 13

Joseph … (1972-11-Roundhouse-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Roundhouse (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée :
Nombre : 27 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Wednesday 08 November 1972
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie : ???? ????
Producteur :
Avec : Joseph ... Gary Bond / Jacob ... Alex McAvoy / Narrator ... Peter Reeves / Mrs. Potiphar ... Joan Heal / Potiphar ... Gavin Reed / Butler ... Andrew Robertson / Mrs. Jacob ... Julia McCarthy / Brother ... Paul Brooke, Ian Charleson, Jeremy James-Taylor
Commentaires longs: Il s'agit du transfert la production du Festival d'Edinburgh (1972), transférée au Young Vic en ocotbre et après ce passsage au Rondhouse en novembre, sera transféré au Noël Conward Theatre, dans le West End.

The production was the second part of a show called Bible One: Two Looks at the Book of Genesis. Part I, The Genesis Mediaeval Mystery Plays: The Creation to Jacob (which, at the Young Vic was originally called Mediaeval Mystery Plays), was Frank Dunlop's reworking of the first six Wakefield Mystery Plays, with music by Alan Doggett.

Version 14

Joseph … (1973-02-Noel Coward Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Noel Coward Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée :
Nombre : 243 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Saturday 17 February 1973
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie : ???? ????
Producteur :
Avec : Joseph ... Gary Bond / Jacob ... Alex McAvoy / Narrator ... Peter Reeves / Mrs. Potiphar ... Joan Heal / Potiphar ... Gavin Reed / Butler ... Andrew Robertson / Mrs. Jacob ... Julia McCarthy / Brother ... Paul Brooke, Ian Charleson, Jeremy James-Taylor
Commentaires longs: Il s'agit du transfert la production du Festival d'Edinburgh (1972), transférée au Young Vic en octobre puis au Rondhouse en novembre

Version 15

Macrune's Guevara (1969-05-Old Vic-NT-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Old Vic (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 4 semaines
Nombre : 7 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Tuesday 27 May 1969
Dernière : Tuesday 24 June 1969
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop • Robert Stephens
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Derek Jacobi, Paul Curran, Jeremy Brett, Harry Lomax, John Nightingale, Gillian Barge, Jeanne Watts, Jane Lapotaire, Ronald Pickup, Lewis Jones, Peter Penry-Jones, Charles Kay, Gabrielle Laye, James Hayes, Richard Kay, Anna Carteret, Geraldine McEwan, Helen Bourne, Sheila Reid, Judy Wilson
Commentaires : Joué le même soir que "Rites"

Version 16

Sherlock Holmes (1974-01-Aldwych Theatre-London)

Type de série:
Théâtre: Aldwych Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Tuesday 01 January 1974
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Milman Martin (Alfred Bassick), Rutherford Mary (Alice Faulkner), Clarke Sean (Billy), Bott John (Count vol Stalburg), Pigott-Smith Tim (Doctor Watson), Selby Nicholas (James Larrabee), Schofield Peter (Jim Craigin), Gaymon Paul (John), Towb Harry (John Forman), Taylor Keith (Lightfoot McTague), Leigh-Hunt Barbara (Madge Larrabee), Maguire Francis (Newsboy), Livingstone Sidney (Parsons), Locke Philip (Professor Moriarty), Wood John (Sherlock Holmes), Peacock Trevor (Sidney Prince), Godfrey Patrick (Sir Edward Leighton), Bellamy Madeline (Terese), Jenkinson Christopher (Thomas Leary), Bott John (Unnamed parts), Charles Joseph (Unnamed parts), Marcell Joe (Unnamed parts), Morrow Joan (Unnamed parts)
Commentaires : Un spectacle de la RSC.

Version 17

Swan Esther (1983-12-Young Vic-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Young Vic Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Main Stage
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Saturday 17 December 1983
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie : Jeff Thacker
Producteur :
Avec : Amanda Redman (Esther), Sam Kelly (Mordecai’), Stephen Lewis (Prime Minister of Persia), James Coombes (King of Persia), David Henry, Christine Nagy, Susan Kyd, Simon Howe
Commentaires : This was clearly an attempt to create another “Joseph” - a show with a large children’s chorus suitable for schools and youth productions. However, something went wrong at the last minute and licences for the children were refused, accordingly the show went ahead with adults only. In 1985 a new and revised version called “Swan Esther and the King” was created and toured under the management of Bill Kenwright.

Version 18

White Devil (The) (1969-11-Old Vic-NT-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Old Vic (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 2 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 73 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Thursday 13 November 1969
Dernière : Saturday 23 January 1971
Mise en scène : Frank Dunlop
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Edward Petherbridge, Frank Barrie, Geraldine McEwan, Benjamin Whitrow, Derek Godfrey, Edward Woodward, Jane Lapotaire, Hazel Hughes, John Moffatt, David Ryall, Jane Wenham, Anthony Nicholls, Edward Hardwicke, Paul Dorfman/Dominic Guard