Louise Gold appeared as a Ballroom Dancer in the Ballroom scene, in 1986
As Ms Gold only appeared in the Ballroom scene, this webpage will not go into much detail about Labyrinth as a film, although some general details are given below, it is suggested that those readers looking for comprehensive information should try some of the links given towards the end of this page.†
An attempt has been made to divide the cast into actors who appear in the ballroom scene, other actors, puppeteers, and voice-artistes, although such divisions are a bit indistinct.
Characters who appear in The Ballroom Scene
Jareth (The Goblin King) - David Bowie
Sarah - Jennifer Connelly
Ballroom Dancers (Women) - Elfrida Ashworth, Margaret Foyer, Elizabeth A. Gilbert, Louise Gold, Moira Grant, San Lee, Janis Mackintosh, Penny Marsden, Kim Mendez, Wendy Millward, Leonie Pallete, Caroline Pope, Sharon White
Ballroom dancers (Men) - John Aron, Terry Dane, Derek Hartley, Douglas Howes, Christopher Preston, Peter Salmon, Peter Sim, Graeme Sneddon, Graham Tudor-Phillips, David Turner, Barrie J. Wilkinson
Toby - Toby Froud, Stepmother - Shelley Thompson, Father - Christopher Malcom, Fairy - Natalie Finland
Goblin Corps - Marc Antonia, Kenny Baker,
Sarahís stunt doubles - Sue Crossland and Tracy Eddon, Jarethís stunt doubles - Nick Gillard and Tim Condren
Crystal Ball manipulation and performance -
Hoggle - Shari Weisner
with Brian Henson, Hoggle mime-doube - Linda Spriggs, Hoggle Stunt double -
- Donald Austen, Michael Bayliss, Fiona
Beynor Brown, Martin Brindle, Simon
Buckley, David Bulbeck, Sue Dacre, Geoff Felix, Trevor Freeborn, Christine
Glanville, David Greenaway, Brian James, Jan King, Ronnie
Le Drew, Terry Lee, Christopher Leith, Kathryn Mullen,
Angie Passmore, Michael Petersen,
Voice - Artistes
Hoggle - Brian Henson, Ludo - Ron Mueck, Didymus - David
Shaughnessy, The worm - Timothy Bateson, The Wiseman - Michael Hordern, The Hat†
- David Shaughnessy, The Junk Lady - Denise Bryer, The Four Guards - Anthony Jackson, Douglas
Blackwell, David Shaughnessy, Timothy Bateson, Right Door
Knocker - David Healy, Left Door Knocker - Robert Beatty, Firey 1 - Kevin Clash, Firey
2 - Charles Augins, Firey
Goblines - Michael Attwell, Sean Barrett, John Bluthel, Timothy Bateson, Anthony Jackson, Ron Mueck, Brian Henson, David Shaughnessy, Douglas Blackwell, Peter Marinker, and Kerry Shale
Director - Jim Henson
Director of Choreography and Puppet Movement† -Cheryl McFadden
Puppet Co-ordinator - Brian Henson
Assistant Puppet Co-ordinator - Kevin Clash
Assistant Producer - Martin Baker
Assistant Director - Ken Baker
Script - Dennis Lee, Jim Henson, and, Terry Jones
Costumes designed by - Brian Froud and Ellis Flyte
Sound Recordist Ė Luther Keith Desmond
Louise Goldís appearance in this film is so difficult to spot that even the webmaster of this site hasnít yet managed to spot the actress, at least not in the actually film. But then it has been said that even the actress concerned couldnít spot herself in the film. She is, however, rather easier to spot in the making of documentary Inside The Labyrinth.
Sue Dacre, Brian Froud, Louise Gold, and, Ronnie Le Drew went on to appear as panellists at the Labyrinth 25th Anniversary Screening. Mak Wilson was originally supposed to have been one of the panellists but he was unavailable.
seems surprising that Louise Gold, one of Britainís foremost female
puppeteers worked on Labyrinth only in her ďactressĒ guise, not least
because the film did have many well known puppeteers
puppeteering on it, including many notable woman: What with such notable
American puppeteers as Rollin Krewson,
Labyrinth is not the only Jim Hensonís Creature Shop venture where the puppeteer Louise Gold †turned up in a non-puppeteering role, some years later she was a voice-artiste only on the TV Film Animal Farm. She has also worked in her capacity as a puppeteer on other Creature Shop ventures, notably: The Dark Crystal, Alice In Wonderland, and, the TV series The Ghost Of Faffner Hall (where she puppeteered the title character).
Many of the puppeteers on this film were well known members of The Muppet gang.
Jim Henson, Frank
Oz, Dave Goelz,
Kathryn Mullen, Rollin Krewson, and,
Labyrinth was the second major feature film for which Jim Hensonís Creature Shop built puppets, the first being The Dark Crystal.
Puppeters: Jim Henson, Franz Oz, Dave Goelz, Kathryn Mullen, Steve Whitmire, Mike Quinn, Toby Philpot, David Greenaway, Peter Burroughs, Malcolm Dixon, Jack Purvis, and, David Barclay; Voice-Artistes: Percy Edwards, and, Shaun Barrett; Other personnel such as: Brian Froud, Martin Baker, Terry Jones, and Cheryl Gates McFadden; And many of the puppet-builders including: Shelley Amott, Rollin Krewson, and, Cheryl Henson had previously worked on The Dark Crystal.
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn
Mullen, Brian Henson, and, Mike Quinn, along with Louise Gold had previously puppeteered on The Great Muppet Caper, on which
Oz, Dave Goelz,
David Rudman, Mike Quinn,
Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kevin Clash,
Jim Henson, Steve Whitmire, and, Kathryn Mullen appeared in The All Time Get Around Sometimes Play Together Every Other Friday Night Vaudeville Show.
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen, and, Mike Quinn, along with Rollin Krewson, and, Louise Gold had previously puppeteered on The Muppets Go To The Movies.
of the Labyrinth puppeteers had also puppeteered
(with Louise Gold) on Spitting Image,
they include: Anthony Asbury, Donald Austen, Kevin Bradshaw,
Simon Buckley, Sue Dacre, Alistair Fullarton,
Asbury, and, Alistair
Fullarton can be heard on the album Spit In Your Ear ( and
Nigel Plaskit went on to direct Louise Gold in that ladyís own cabaret act Louise Gold ... By Appointment which included one sketch involving Louise Gold very much in her Spitting Image puppeteerís guise.
Voice-artiste Kerry Shale went on to appear in One Touch Of Venus (2000 Production)
Debbie McWilliams was also involved in casting the Pirates Of Penzance (Film)
Michelle Guish went on to become the casting director for Crush
John Aron went on to appear in Will-Aid
Choreographer Cheryl Gates McFadden went on to choreograph the dance routines in the ďDataís DayĒ episode of Star Trek The Next Generation, in which she also played Dataís dancing teacher
It is not quite clear whether Goblin Corp actor Kenny Baker and Assistant Director Ken Baker are different people or not.
It is not quite clear, though quite possible that Ballroom Dancer Janis Mackintosh may also have been the Janis Mackintosh who previously choreographed a production of Godspell that fellow Ballroom Dancer Louise Gold appeared in.
David Barclay and Mike Quinn had previously puppeteered on the UK Co-Production of Fraggle Rock, for which Dave Goelz (besides puppeteering on the main show) did some voice-work.
Martin G Baker was involved with the German Co-Production of† Fraggle Rock.
Simon Buckley, Kevin
Clash, Geoff Felix, Jim Henson, Ron Mueck,
Dave Goelz, and, Steve Whitmire went on to puppeteer on The Animal Show, to which
Sue Dacre, and,
Kevin Clash, Dave
Henson, Cheryl Henson, Kathy Mullen, Frank Oz,
Mak Wilson, Karen Prell, Mike Quinn, and, Angie Passmore went on to puppeteer on The Ghost Of Faffner Hall, with which The Creature Shop was also involved, and Steve Donald also did some animatronics.
Kevin Clash, Dave Goelz, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, David Rudman, and, Steve Whitmire went on to puppeteer together on Sesame Street.
Jim Henson, Frank
Oz, Dave Goelz,
and, Kathryn Mullen, along with David Lazer,
and, Louise Gold featured on the
television documentary Of Muppets And Men,
Brian Henson, and, Ronnie Le Drew appeared on the documentary The Wonderful World Of Puppets.
David Healy may have gone on to take part in Thing A Thon.
Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kevin Clash, Brian Henson, Ronnie Le Drew, Rollin Krewson, and, Louise Gold contributed to the documentary I Love The Muppets.
Simon Buckley, and, Nigel Plaskitt, along with Louise Gold contributed to the documentary Best Ever Spitting Image.
Steve Whitmire probably puppeteered on ITVís 50 Greatest Shows.
Brian Henson, and, Nigel Plaskitt went on to puppeteer on That Puppet Game Show.
David Rudman, and, Mak Wilson went on to puppeteer together on The Furchester Hotel.
Links about Labyrinth
Internet Movie Database entry: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0091369
Labyrinth Behind The Scenes, A fan-site about Labyrinth built and maintained by Monica J Roxburgh, one of the filmís biggest fans: http://www.geocities.com/goblinmaze/behind/index.html
Think Labyrinth The Movie, a fascinating Labyrinth Fansite, contains some quite hard to find info, that you probably wonít find anywhere else on the web: http://www.astrolog.org/labyrnth.htm
Muppet Wikiís page for the film: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Labyrinth , see in particulae: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Masquerade_Ball and also itís associated Talk Page: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Talk:Masquerade_Ball
BFI Database Entry for the film: http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/258433
Movie Credits - text, very clear and readable, prints out well too: http://www.astrolog.org/labyrnth/credits.txt
The Labyrinth Within The Labyrinth, one of the Labyrinth Fansites, quite a useful one for finding more info: http://www.marysia.com/labyrinth/
Muppet Central/Tibby's Bowl Interview with Louise Gold (Labyrinth is mentioned, briefly) http://www.muppetcentral.com/articles/interviews/gold.shtml
Do You remember.co.ukís page for the film: http://www.doyouremember.co.uk/memory.asp?memID=524
Agency Licensing Campaign (article in The Stage): http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/31022/theatre-stars-back-campaign-for-talent-agency,
and Online Petition (which anyone
who supports it can sign): http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41085.html , seeing as