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2010 (2) - The Arcadians

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The Arcadians
A Fantastic Musical Play in Three Acts

In association with The Malvern Theatre Company
June 25, 26, 29 30, July 1, 2, 3, 6 , 7, 8, 9, 10  at 8.15 pm
June 26,  July 4 at 2.00 pm
The Malvern Theatre
29a Burke Road, Malvern East

A funny and charming Edwardian Musical Comedy.  A mega hit in its day and the My Fair Lady of 1909.

Running for 809 performances in 1909-1911, the Arcadians tells the story of James Smith, a London restaurateur who crash lands his plane in Arcadia.  The Arcadians are shocked by his wicked ways, and transform him into the guileless youth, Simplicitas.  With him they travel to London, where they captivate the Londoners at the Askwood races.  The music and fun look both back to Gilbert and Sullivan and forward to Musical Comedy and Music Hall.  It is full of delights.  With a new and snappy book by Melvyn Morrow, musical direction by Ben Kiley and direction and choreography by Robert Ray, this revival promises to be one of the happiest musical comedy highlights of 2010.

Music by Lionel Monckton and Howard Talbot
Lyrics by Arthur Wimperis
New Book by Melvyn Morrow
Directed and designed by Robert Ray
Musical Direction by Ben Kiley

More information about this show from the Director, Robert Ray

James Smith/Simplicitas Simon Cooper
Sombra Catherine Northey
Chrysaea Vanessa Petrie
Father Time Ron Pidcock
Astrophel Andrew McGrail
Strephon Michael Try
Damoetas Torquil Syme
Amaryllis Nicola Wortley
Daphne Naomi Absolom
Mrs Smith Anna Castle
Lady Barclay Robyn Pidcock
Sir George Paddock John Larcombe
Percy Marsh Darren Rosenfeld
Eileen Cavanagh Julia Harper
Jack Meadows Bruce Raggatt
Bobbie Brett O'Meara
Peter Doody Ron Pidcock
Arcadians and Londoners
David Angelico, Victoria Lock, Nicola Wortley, Naomi Absalom, Darren Rosenfeld, Michael Try, Andrew McGrail, Lucy Watts, Lauren Stannard, Andrea Tappe, Bradley Storer, Torquil Syme, Alex Scutt
Director and Designer
Robert Ray
Ben Kiley with Luke Patterson, Scott Dunsdon, Lauren Stannard, Naomi Absalom.
Production Crew
Directed by: Robert Ray. Musical Direction: Ben Kiley. New Musical Arrangments: Ben Kiley. New Book: Melvyn Morrow. Costumes: Robert Ray, Robert Capes, Robyn Pidcock, Frank (Val) Ward, Tiffany Carter, Phoenix Zhou. Sound Design: Jamie Tampion. Sound Operator: Bruce Parr. Stage Manager: John Larcombe. Assistant Stage Manager: Gordon Bull. Photography: Brian Taylor. Set Construction: Trevor Dawson, David Gerard, Ken Read, Andrew McGrail. Set Painting: The Cast. Scenic Artwork: Mirjana Margetic. Properties: Andrew McGrail, Ron Pidcock, Brian Taylor. Lighting Design: David Earl. Design and Projections: Robert Ray. Backstage: Michael Angelico, Brian Taylor, Ken Read, Monique Warren, Chris Angelico. Tickets: Barbara Dwyer, Elizabeth Burman (for GASOV) Rehearsal Suppers: Naomi Absolom. DVD Recordings: E-Mediate Video Productions. Audio Recordings: JeeveS Audio. Program: Robert Ray.