Ring Round the Moon
Adapted by Christopher Fry
Directed by Frank Savaage
21 - 24 October, 1970
A Charade with music.
Jean Anouilh’s Ring Around the Moon first appeared in France in 1947
as L’Invitation au Chateau. Especially important in Anouilh’s career,
the play is the earliest of his pieces brillantes, a rather mixed
group of four works moving from two lighter to two darker pieces.
Brilliantes has been employed to describe the polished and
sophisticated gemlike quality of this group, most prominently
displayed in Ring Around the Moon’s complex plotting, ceaseless
obstacles, and still—after all—the reconciliation of almost all of
its characters to both love and wealth.
Ring Round the Moon was, in 1950, the first of Anouilh's plays to be
successful on the London stage, due largely to the inspired adaption
and translation by Christopher Fry.
Fry had difficulty in finding a sub-title which would help an English
audience to understand what sort of play to expect. A comedy? A
farce? Each had wrong connotations. Then Fry found an answer - call
it "A Charade with Music" he suggested. He must have had in mind the
charming music specially composed by Richard Addinsell, of which we
have been most fortunate in being able to hire recordings.
In our production of what we regard as a very fine play we have aimed
to preserve the light-hearted atmosphere of a delicate French bauble
with its scenes of high comedy and sentiment in which gentle satire
is never far from the surface.
||Alan Abbott, Glyn Matthews
|Assistant Stage Manager
|Lighting and Sound Effects
||William R Upton, Philip Charnley, Paul Kelly
||Kathleen Aston, Beryl Frith, Adele Taylor
||Kay Mottram, Florence Moores
||Susan L N Wood
|Furniture provided by Gimberts of Manchester
|Lighting equipment by Strand Electric