Musical (1975)

Musique: Nola York
Paroles: Michael Richmond
Livret: Jeremy Paul • Michael Richmond
Production à la création:

The age-old tale has Hero, the victorious warrior making the supreme mistake of falling in love with the Princess and getting caught. The King puts him on trial, and he has to choose between two doors: behind one is a beautiful girl; behind the other is a ferocious tiger. However, in this version the hero turns out to be a seedy wandering minstrel, full of folk-rock ballad songs and snatches; the Princess is a “Baby-Doll” type, sucking her thumb and clutching her teddy bear at an age when she should have been interested in more grown- up things; and the King is a kind of despotic Nero. Faced with the choice of sexual bliss or a messy death, Hero asks the Princess to make the choice. She points to one of the doors: and which door did she choose? The lady or the tiger?

Based on an 1882 short story by Frank R. Stockton, this story had been used earlier as one third of the Broadway musical “The Apple Tree” written by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. The English version was quite different in style. With a cast of just four, and two musicians, and no scenery, it originated at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond.

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Version 1

Lady or the Tiger (The) (1975-08-Orange Tree Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Orange Tree Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 06 août 1975
Première : mercredi 06 août 1975
Dernière : dimanche 24 août 1975
Mise en scène : Michael Richmond
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Commentaires : The production packed the room above the pub in the summer of 1975 and, in the days before advanced booking, created queues of 100s up Clarence Street and into Parkshot. It was brought back for Christmas of the same year, and later transferred into the West End.

Version 2

Lady or the Tiger (The) (1976-02-Fortune Theatre-London)

Type de série: West End Transfer
Théâtre: Fortune Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée :
Nombre : 52 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 03 février 1976
Première : mardi 03 février 1976
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Michael Richmond
Chorégraphie : Tony Kinnie
Producteur :
Avec : Kate Crutchley (Princess ), John Morton (Hero), Gordon Reid ( King ), Vernon Joyner ( Factotum)
Presse : "It is a piece for could become the rage of London... enchanting music. A delightful entertainment." Harold Hobson - Sunday Times
"A bouquet of tuneful songs" Daily Telegraph
"It is the spirit of Sullivan" The Times
".........It delights" Evening News
"The music is most appealing, delicate, fragile melodious" The Guardian
"The best thing to have happened to the Fortune Theatre since 'Beyond the Fringe'. The composer Nola York & her lyricist Michael Richmond have built a wonderfully self-mocking score which is wholly compulsive. It's a musical of unique charm and elegance....marvellously attractive....a joyously good show" Sheridan Morley, Punch

Version 3

Lady or the Tiger (The) (1989-12-Orange Tree Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Orange Tree Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 15 décembre 1989
Première : vendredi 15 décembre 1989
Dernière : samedi 03 février 1990
Mise en scène : Keith Strachan
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :

Version 4

Lady or the Tiger (The) (2010-01-Orange Tree Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Orange Tree Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 16 décembre 2009
Première : mardi 05 janvier 2010
Dernière : samedi 13 février 2010
Mise en scène : Sam Walters
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Eke Chukwu, Riona O Connor, Howard Samuels, Andrew C Wadsworth
Commentaires : This show with its cast of just four performers, two musicians and no scenery had originated at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond in 1975 and transferred briefly to the Fortune Theatre for 52 performances in 1976. It was revived in Richmond in 1989. This third outing was almost universally greeted with claims that Sam Walters was flogging a dead horse and the show was long past its sell-by date.

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