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thefinboroughgaieties– Celebrating British Music Theatre

A play by W.S. Gilbert
Directed by Kate Golledge. Designed by Morgan Large. Costume Design by Nell Knudsen. Lighting by James Whiteside.

The Zoo
An operetta by Arthur Sullivan and Bolton Rowe
Directed by Nina Brazier. Orchestration and Arrangements by Timothy Henty.
Musical Direction by David Eaton. Choreography by Julie Hope. Designed by Anna Bliss-Scully. Lighting by James Whiteside. Costume Design by Nell Knudsen.

Presented by the Finborough Theatre and Larger Than Life Productions

Cast in order of appearance
Wilcox - Martin Johnston
Jenny Northcott - Marianne Oldham
Henry Spreadbrow - Robert Curtis
Ruth - Jane Lawson

The Zoo
Cast in order of appearance
Aesculapius Carboy - David Menezes
Eliza Smith - Myra Sands
Thomas Brown - John Savournin
Laetitia - Fabienne Wood
Mr Grinder - Donald Maxwell

Sundays, 25 March 2007; Sunday, 1 April 2007; and Sunday, 8 April 2007
(This production sold out for its entire run)

The Finborough Theatre’s acclaimed series of revivals of British Music Theatre, thefinboroughgaieties, continues with a unique doublebill featuring a play and an operetta, both receiving their first professional UK production in over a century production – and written by Gilbert without Sullivan, and Sullivan without Gilbert. Both productions will be fully staged productions without decor.

Sweethearts. W.S. Gilbert’s romantic comedy. Spanning a generation, Sweethearts is a duet for two lovers - a couple that have been friends since childhood but never dared to be anything more. Returning from India after thirty years, Henry finds his Jenny still single in her childhood home and their love for each other only just beginning. Written for local resident Marie Bancroft in 1874.

The Zoo. Arthur Sullivan’s neglected ‘musical folly’ centres around two couples and their hilarious and rocky path to true love. Within a zoological gardens, suicide is foiled and identities revealed as four young lovers overcome differences in wealth and class to live happily ever after. Unseen professionally in the UK since 1879.

Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) and Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911) are best known for their fourteen ‘Savoy Operas’. This production is a rare opportunity to see their individual work.

Sweethearts Director Kate Golledge most recently worked as Assistant Director on Daddy Cool at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Julius Caesar at the Barbican. Work as director includes the European premiere of the musical Six Women with Brain Death at the Pleasance and Newsrevue at the Canal Café Theatre.

The Zoo Director Nina Brazier’s previous work includes Florodora for thefinboroughgaieties, the Amnesty Award-nominated Waiting for Romeo at the Edinburgh Festival and Talking Heads at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. She is an Assistant Director for Opera North, most recently on Rigoletto, and the forthcoming production of Falstaff.

The cast for Sweethearts includes Robert Curtis whose many credits include the Royal Shakespeare Company; Martin Johnston whose credits include Footloose (Novello Theatre) andThe Postman Always Rings Twice (Ambassadors Theatre); and Marianne Oldham who recently seen in How Many Miles to Basra (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

The Zoo cast includes Donald Maxwell, David Menezes, Myra Sands, John Savournin and Fabienne Wood. Donald Maxwell has sung with all the major British Opera companies, at the BBC Proms and at La Scala, Milan, and is Director of the National Opera Studio; David Menezes is the Principal Tenor for the Charles Court Opera; West End favourite Myra Sands’ many credits include My Fair Lady, Acorn Antiques – The Musical, the Royal National Theatre, Cats, Grease and Les Miserables; and Fabienne Wood’s credits include Un Ballo in Maschera (San Francisco Lyric Opera).

New Arrangements are by Timothy Henty is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, where he received the Tagore Gold Medal, the RCM’s highest award. At age 24, he is a Guest Conductor with The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House. He was the Musical Director on the first two finboroughgaieties productions - Florodora and Our Miss Gibbs. Timothy is the Artistic Director of the London Kensington Sinfonia, and Principal Conductor with the New Art Ensemble.

Musical Direction is by David Eaton. David studied piano at the Royal College of Music under Yonty Solomon. He is currently works on the repetiteur staff at Trinity College of Music and worked on TCM Opera productions of Our Man in Havana (Malcolm Williamson) and Our America - Earth (Errolyn Wallen). He was the first recipient of the John Hart Accompanist's Prize awarded by the Ferrier Bursary in 2005. David has also worked on three seasons with British Youth Opera, and conducted Don Giovanni for them at the Peacock Theatre in 2006. David is Musical Director of Minotaur Music Theatre for whom he has directed productions of La Boheme, The Wandering Scholar and The Bear (2005), Don Giovanni and Dido and Aeneas (2006) and Cosi fan Tutte (2007). He is a member of the Eaton-Young piano duo who made their Purcell Room Debut in 2006 and their Wigmore Hall debut in 2007. David is also Musical Director and founding member of Charles Court Opera for whom he directed The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, Ruddigore, Cox and Box, Der Schaulspieldirektor, Mozart and Salieri and Cosi fan Tutte.