Peter Gilmore
Homepage
Introduction
News
Links
Guest book
 
Anne Stallybrass
The Onedin Line
 
Biography
Theatre
Television
Film
Radio
Recordings
Miscellaneous
Year by Year
Interviews and Articles
 
Theatre 50s
Theatre 60s
Theatre 70s
Theatre 80s
Musicals
Overview Theatre Programmes

 

All In Love

Off Broadway to May Fair

From the Martinique Theatre off-Broadway, “All in Love,” a musical based on “The Rivals,” has come to the May Fair with Annie Ross heading an English company and the direction by Douglas Squires. Only the other week one found Miss Ross out of her element in a pub concert type of variety show, and in “All in Love”, as Lucy she is also in a world distinctly not her own. Miss Ross is not in the wrong, it is the fault of the show and what it has to offer her. I can imagine her playing Lucy in a production of the great comedy itself, and in a musical version with good songs, wit that sparkled and production or origin and charm. I can see her shining bright as any star. In "All in Love" she has some scrappy numbers, of which she makes the best, and a few scenes that give her small scope.

“All in Love” is brash, blustering and thoroughly inept, and kills the glorious comedy of the play. Surprise, the effect of situation and a comic sense of character relationship and idiosyncrasy are all badly managed.

There are barnstorming performances by Gwen Nelson as Mrs. Malaprop, Peter Pratt as Sir Anthony Absolute and Peter Gilmore as O’Trigger, while Mary Millar is a charming, amusing Lydia.

R.M.B.

CAST

“ALL IN LOVE”

Musical based on Sheridan’s “The Rivals”, with music by Jacques Urbont and book and lyrics by Bruce Gellner. Presented by Edward J. and Harry Danziger at the May Fair on March 16. Scenery and costumes by Alan Barrestt; lightning by John Corne; musical director, Anthony Bowles; stage manager, Peter Bentley. Production supervised by Brian Taylor, produced by the Danzigers.

Lucy  ..................................... Annie Ross
Lady Holdfast ..................................... Margo Cunningham
Miss Holdfast ..................................... Rita Cameron
Lady Standpat ..................................... Joyanne Delancey
Lady Backstep ..................................... Clarc Welch
Sir Thomas Standpat ..................................... Thomas Walling
Sir Roger Backstep ..................................... Charles O'Byrne
Sir William Holdfast ..................................... John Moore
Sir Percival Crumble ..................................... David Sinclair
Sir Anthony Absolute ..................................... Peter Pratt
Mrs. Malaprop ..................................... Gwen Nelson
Lydia Languish ..................................... Mary Millar
Sir Lucius O'Trigger ..................................... Peter Gilmore
Captain Jack Absolute ..................................... James Fox
Fag ..................................... Alan Dudley
Bob Acres ..................................... Ronnie Barker
Dancing Mistress ..................................... Pauline Innes
Fencing Master ..................................... John Muirhead

Directed by Douglas Squires

The Stage, 19 March 1964

It is hard to understand how All in Love came to be chosen as successor to the brilliant production Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, which made such a fine opening to the May Fair Theatre.

Based on The Rivals, with rather ungainly book and lyrics by Bruce Gellner, and nondescript music by Jacques Urbont, this new musical serves as nothing more than a tempting reminder of Sheridan's delightful comedy. The strong cast, which includes Ronnie Barker, James Fox, Peter Gilmore, Mary Millar, Gwen Nelson, Peter Pratt and Annie Ross, made a concerted effort to bring sparkle to the proceedings.

A.C.
Theatre World, April 1964

The Sunday Times simply said: "At the May Fair All in Love, a music version of The Rivals, has not been well received."

The Sunday Times, 22 March 1964

There were only 22 performances of this production of All in Love!

Musicals
Theatre

Copyright DiMar