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Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria
GSOV Chu Chin Chow

The Musical Comedy which helped win World War I

Australian born, OSCAR ASCHE, created a sensation when he wrote CHU CHIN CHOW. With music by Frederic Norton, it opened at His Majesty’s Theatre, London, on 31st August 1916 and ran for five years and a total of 2,238 performances (more than twice as many as any previous musical), an astonishing record that stood until the 1950’s.

Based (with minor embellishments) on the story of ALI BABA AND THE 40 THIEVES, it became an important addition to boosting the morale at home in England during World War I. Especially, for the many troops on leave from the front, it became a “must see” show.

Some background videos about Chu Chin Chow.

A promo video featuring sections of the 1934 film, or
this video with highlights from the soundtrack, or
this longer video of music highlights.

Also this AustLit weblink, catalogues a great deal of background and past productions.

Chu Chin Chow Images

A Collection of historic Chu Chin Chow images

Not seen in Melbourne for over half a century, GSOV is presenting CHU CHIN CHOW in the centennial year of its first production, 2016, as a musical within a play. Written by MELVYN MORROW, and directed and choreographed by ROBERT RAY, the new version sees great fun in Oscar Asche, selling his musical to the management of J.C. Williamson’s. He describes the action with great flair and panache, and takes part himself. Out of his imaginative descriptions, real singers and dancers emerge, and act out scenes and songs from the musical.

As Oscar Asche was born in Geelong, our show will open in GEELONG PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE in July 2016. We have been generously supported in this with assistance from the Geelong Arts & Culture Department. This will mark GSOV’s first appearance in Victoria’s second city, despite playing in much of regional Victoria and Melbourne in its 80 years of performing.

Adult - $42
Concession - $35
Student - $28
Child under 16 - $20
Group of 10+ - $33 each
Adult + 1 child free at matinees only - $42


** Early Bird Prices until 30/6 **
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Adult - $36
Concession - $31
Student - $24
Child under 16 - $16


CHU CHIN CHOW - 100th ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE

GEELONG - GPAC Drama Theatre

Saturday 23rd July (Matinee and Evening)
Sunday 24th July (Matinee)

The GPAC Box office phone number is (03)5225 1200
GPAC tickets Purchase Online HERE.

MELBOURNE - Phoenix Theatre, Elwood

Thursday 28th July
Friday 29th July
Saturday 30th July (Matinee and Evening)
Sunday 31st July (Matinee)

Melbourne Tickets on sale: Purchase Phoenix Theatre Tickets HERE.

Production Credits

GSOV's Chu Chin Chow Full Production Credits

CAST
Chu Chin Chow
Oscar Asche as ABU HASAN KENT MARTIN
Cecil Humphreys as KASIM BABA RON PIDCOCK
Wensley Russell as ALI BABA RON MACK
Herbert Brown as NUR-AL-HUDA ALI TORQUIL SYME
George Ide as ABDULLAH FRANCIS SMITH
Mason Wood as BABA MUSTAFA ALAN BROWN
Arthur Styan as CHU CHIN CHOW/ABU HASAN ANDREW McGRAIL
Eardley Turner as MUKBIL GIANFRANCO FILONZI
Pearl Ladd as ALCOLOM JESSICA LESLEY HARRIS
Jessie Page as MAHBUBAH SUSAN MARSHALL
Kitty Reidy as MARJANAH ELLA BROOME
Sarah Doran as ZAHRAT AL-KULUB SUMMER BOWEN
ROBBERS
DAVID VELLELY, LARRY DALTON, CHRIS McINNIS, LOU MONTERET, GIANFRANCO FILONZI, ANDREW McGRAIL, DAVID GERARD, CORNELIO DE PAOLA
HAREM GIRLS
LAUREN STANNARD, GEORGIA VELLELLY, MEREDITH WEI, MICHELLE CARLI, JASMINE AHWAH
RICH MERCHANT WIVES
ROBYN PIDCOCK, ELIZABETH BARRY, ELIZABETH McREA, JACQUI MALONEY

 

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