Sat 3rd Dec, Sat 10th Dec 1983, Sat 28th July & Mon 30th July - Weds 1st August 1984
Directed by Peter Corrigan
A minor masterpiece of cartoonery, mad invention and childlike glee. A children's play with a difference.
During his time at Victoria Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, as an actor and resident dramatist in 1967, Ken Campbell wrote his own version of children's classic Old King Cole. "I was told I could write what I like so long as it had a famous title," said Ken. "I looked through nursery rhymes and came across Old King Cole and then gave it a Beano and Dandy feel. At the time it was a revolutionary children's Christmas play as most were adaptations of Grimm tales or pantomimes." This "comic strip" pantomime which was first presented in Stoke that year and later published in 1972, proved a children's classic.
This play was staged at Havant Arts Centre, East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977. During the Christmas run, there were 4 matinee performances given on the same Saturdays as the production of Major Barbara (which was being staged in the evenings). The production was revived again with the same cast, the following July for a run of 6 performances.
Bench Theatre also staged this play again in 2000, at Havant College under Peter Corrigan's direction but with a different cast.
|The Amazing Faz||David Penrose|
|Baron Ward||Peter Holding|
|Sports Commentator||Carol Edwards|
|Cyril the Fiddler||Frank Lyons|
|Old King Cole||Colin Hardy|
|Old Queen Cole||Jane Hart|
|Princess Daphne Cole||Jo German|
|Stage Manager||Frances Brettell|
|Assistant Stage Managers||Jim Cameron|
|Lighting and sound||Lezley Picton|
|Set Design and Poster||Jane Hart|
|Ton Weight||Peter Codd |
|House Managers||Ingrid Corrigan |