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27th November 2020

Merry Widow

1st to 6th November 2010

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Original book and lyrics by Victor Leon & Leo Stein
Music by Franz Lehar
New book and lyrics by Phil Park
Music adapted and arranged by Ronald Hanmer

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Glocken Verlag Ltd

Director: Peter Davies
Musical Director: Graham Albone

"You'll find me at Maxim's" lilts the handsome Count Danilovitsch, as he jilts Madame Anna Glavari. And it’s not surprising as you will find the beautiful forms of Lolo, Dodo, Jou- Jou, Frou-Frou, Clo-Clo, and Margot there! Meanwhile, every unattached man in Paris, well 24 of them anyway, is trying desperately to gain a Dance Card to win Anna’s arm at the Potevedrian Ambassador’s ball. This is all performed by Letchworth Arcadians to Franz Lehár’s beautiful music in the ever-popular operetta, The Merry Widow, at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, from 1st to 6th November. Hear, Anna, played by high soprano, Adèle Walker, crack the chandeliers, and find out whether the Widow’s "20 millions" will win over Danilo played by the popular baritone, Wesley Hughes, or whether she finds another suitor. The show is directed by Peter Davies, who also plays the part of the Ambassador, Baron Zeta. Musical direction is by Graham Albone. There is a full professional orchestra and a cast of 50.

Cast list:

Anna - Adèle Walker
Danilo - Wesley Hughes 
Baron Zeta - Peter Davies 
Valencienne - Stephanie Seal 
Camille - Stephen Chalkley 
Njegus - Brian Seal 
St Brioche - Tim Dawes 
Cascada - Michael Niles 
Kromov Roger - Newman Turner 
Olga - Diana Davis 
Bogdanovitsch - James Hayward 
Pritsch - Cathal Prendergast 
Sylvia - Elizabeth Shaw 
Praskovia - Nicola Niles 
Grisettes - Juliette Albone, Frances Aylin, Gilly Mackilligan, Nicola Niles, Elizabeth Shaw, Lucy Walker.

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  • The 'Grisettes'

  • The cast