Musical (1991)

Musique: Mike Batt
Paroles: Mike Batt
Production à la création:

Based on Lewis Carroll’s epic nonsense poem, and supposedly narrated by Lewis Carroll himself, this is the tale about the Jabberwocky and the search for an improbable beast. The search involves the Bellman and his crew, consisting of the Beaver, Butcher, Barrister, Baker, Banker, Bandmaster, Broker, Bishop and Billiard Maker.

1 Hunting of the Snark (The) peut-être considéré comme un Flop musical

The musical began life in 1984 as a costumed concert with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, conducted by Mike Batt and starring Paul Jones as the Baker and Chistopher Casenove as the narrator.

It was released as a concept album in 1986 but withdrawn from sale after a dispute with the issuing record label. The recording featured Roger Daltrey, Art Garfunkel, John Gielgud, Stephane Grappelli, John Hurt, Julian Lennon, Cliff Richard, Captain Sensible, Deniece Williams, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Later that year it was performed as a concert at the Barbican. "Midnight Smoke" was released as a single on 17 November 1986.

A further (costumed) production took place at the Royal Albert Hall on April Fool's Day 1987, with Justin Hayward taking Art Garfunkel's role of the Butcher from the original recording and Billy Connolly replacing Cliff Richard as the Bellman. Other performers recreated their roles from the concept recording. This concert was filmed and screened as a television special in some countries.

In 1990 The Hunting Of The Snark was successfully presented, again by Batt, as a dramatised concert in Australia, at Sydney's State Theatre with the Elizabethan Symphonia, and Philip Quast starring as the Bellman.

The New Zealand amateur premiere was at the Marton Players' Theatre in Marton, with a cast of enthusiastic volunteers.

On 24 October 1991 a £2 million budget production of the show opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre, with striking scenery and designs. 12,000 animated slides were projected from 152 computer-linked projectors arranged around the theatre. Although reviews praised Batt's visual concepts and Quast as the Bellman, the show closed seven weeks later.

The show was later presented as an amateur production in July 1995 at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, with slightly different songs and libretto created by Batt for the occasion. The production was produced by Ian Gude for Jolly Good Musical Productions, directed by Steve Morrell, with musical direction by Ian Gude.

Act One
Opening Titles
Children Of The Sky
Hymn To The Snark
The Storm and Arrival
Who'll Join Me On This Escapade?
The Way We Think
The Departure
The Bellman's Speech
Midnight Smoke
The Trouble With You
Dancing Towards Disaster

Act Two
The Banker's Fate
The Hunting
Nursery Pictures
Waiting For A Wave
The Butchery Waltz
Snooker Song[1]
The Pig Must Die
More Trouble
The Dismal and Desolate Valley
A Delicate Combination
As Long As The Moon Can Shine
Yet More Trouble
The Vanishing
Whatever You Believe

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Version 1

Hunting of the Snark (The) (1991-10-Prince Edward Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Prince Edward Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 24 October 1991
Dernière: 14 December 1991
Mise en scène : Mike Batt
Chorégraphie : Jo Anne Robinson
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: David McCallum (Lewis Carroll), Kenny Everett (Billiard Maker), Philip Quast (Bellman), Mark McGann (Baker), Jae Alexander (Bandmaster), David Firth (Banker), Veronica Hart (Beaver), Peter Ledbury (Broker), Allan Love (Barrister), Gary Martin (Bishop) , John Partridge (Butcher)
Commentaires : This stage production cost over £2 million and contained a 50 piece orchestra and hi-tech computerised scenery and projections. The sheer spectacle and technical achievement were praised, but the show itself was a very great disappointment and considered to be one man’s egotistic folly.
It ran just over seven weeks.

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