17th-22nd September 2007
“Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written – the perfect escape from life’s troubles. “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom.
With its unforgettable zany characters, a hysterical, perfectly constructed book by Larry Gelbart (of “MASH” and “City Of Angels” fame) and Burt Shevelove, and witty Stephen Sondheim songs which are modest n their vocal demands, “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” allows a brilliant ensemble of comedic actors to shine. (The lead role of Pseudolus is one of the theatre’s greatest roles – a tour de force for a clown par excellence.) And as if that weren’t enough, its simple unit set makes “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” one of the easiest Broadway musicals to mount.
|Musical Director||Paul Tickner|
|Stage Manager||Mike Davall|
|Prologus / Pseudolus||Rob Tickner|
|Miles Gloriosus||Martin Sampson|
|The Geminae Twins||Juliette Hammond, Annie Veneti|
|Eunuchs||John Canfield, Tim Canfield|
|Ladies' Chorus||Carrie Canfield, Sam Hatfield, Vanessa van Nieuwenhuijzen, Lucy Paynter, Bernadette Smallbone, June Thomas|
|Mens' Chorus||Mark Baxter, John Canfield, Tim Canfield, Graham Davidson, Tony Doherty, Roger Johnson, Philip Mumford, Arie van Nieuwenhuijzen, Haydn Thomas|