The Royal Variety Performance (1982)

-The Magical World Of Musicals

- in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

Louise Gold appeared, as a member of The Pirates Of Penzance cast, at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, on Monday 8th November 1982, in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund 


Introduced by:  David Jacobs


Performing:  Tony Adams, Moira Anderson, Joe Black, Joyce Blair, Buck’s Fizz, Jim Casey, Roy Castle, George Cole, Lesley Collier, Kenneth Connor, Leslie Crowther, Tim Curry, Billy Dainty, Lorna Dallas, Suzanne Danielle, Anna Dawson, Sheena Easton, The English National Opera Chorus, Helen Geizer, Peter Glaze, Tommy Godfrey, Billy Gray, John Hanson, Richard Harris, Vince Hill, Roy Hudd, Gloria Hunniford, John Inman, Jack Jones, Karen Kay, Howard Keel, Bonnie Langford, Chris Langham, Diane Langton, Jan Leeming, Robert Longden, Aimi Macdonald, Ruth Madoc, Millicent Martin, Sylvester McCoy, Ethel Merman, Pete Murray, Pirates Of Penzance, Michael Praed, Esther Rantzen, Amanda Redman, Angela Rippon, Liz Robertson, Anton Rogers, Peter Skellern, Don Smoothey, Victor Spinetti, Isla St Clair, Pamela Stephenson, Richard Stilgoe, Christopher Timothy, Topol, David Wall, Wall Street Crash, Dennis Waterman, Bernie Winters, and, Eli Woods


Also Appearing:

The DancersAlison Basham, Karen Berry, Su Hayes, Nola Haynes, Marian Higby, Bobbie Kingley, Tanya Lee, Helen Mason, Dawn Reddall, Debbie Stuckey, Lance Aston, Christi Baldock, Warren Grant, Jeremy Kearney, Rhys Nelson, Nick Raymond, Robert Wheeler, Trevor Willis, and, Gerry Zuccarello

English National Opera ChorusElizabeth Boorman, Moira Clark, Isolde Dawe, Amanda Evans, Pamela Fasso, Georgina Holley, Elizabeth Howarth, Jacqueline Montgomery, Linda Rands, Carol Roscoe, Eileen Shayne, Christine Thompson, Susan Underwood, Neville Griffiths, David Henderson, Peter Kestner, Paul Naiper-Burrows, James Richards, Mark Richardson, John Riley-Schofield, Joseph Riordan, Garry Sutcliffe, Gordon Traynor, James Turner, Tom Emlyn Williams, and, Finlay Wilson

“The Pirates Of Penzance” Company Carolyn Allen, Jackie Downey, Louise Gold, Karen Lancaster, Gaynor Miles, Janet Shaw, Timothy Bentinck, Graham Bickley, Keith Binns, Peppi Borza, Ken Caswell, Mark Davis, Alan Forrester, Andrew Golder, David Hampshire, Paul Hergarty, Simon Howe, Kevin Keighery (that should possibly be Kevin Feighery), Paul Leonard, Clive Packham, and, Kevin A. J. Ranson

The “Windy City” CompanyArhlene Allan, John Blythe, Tracy Booth, Ian Burford, Simon Clark, Shaun Curry, Katherine Dyson, Murray Ewan, Guy Gregory, David Hitchen, Barry James, Maurice Lane, Steven Law, Benny Lee, Leonard Lowe, Johnny M., Neil McCaul, Clive Panto, Bob Sessions, Jeff Shankley, David Sinclair, Terese Stevens, Christina Thornton, and, Matt Zimmerman

The Drury Lane OrchestraDick Abel, Kenny Baker, Alf Bigden, Norris Bosworth, Alan Downey, Paul Frowde, Chris Green, Dave Hancock, Cliff Hardie, John Horler, Laurie Lewis, Henry Lowther, Don Lusher, Eddie Mordue, David Randall, Bill Reid, Frank Ricotti, Celia Sheen, Alan Smyth, Russ Stableford, Ray Swinfield, Jack Thirlwall, Roy Willox, Manny Winter, and leader Jack Rothstein and conductor Ronnie Hazelhurst

“The Pirates Of Penzance” OrchestraRichard Blewett, Tony Bourke, Carol Brown, Nigel Charman, Julian Fairbank, Martin Frith, Tom Gilhooley, Malcom Gosden, Tim Hawes, Lesley Hooson, David Miles, Andy Read, Peter Thorley, Peter Trundley, Alexa Turpin, and musical director Martin Koch

Peter Skellern’s MusiciansAlun Davies, Chris Gradwell, David Purser, and, Ray Simmonds


Production Team

 Producer – Louis Benjamin

Director – Norman Maen

Choreographers – Lud, Chris Power, and, Alan Harding

Additional Choreography – Norman Maen


Running Order

Act 1


Before the arrival of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother The Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra under the direction of Ronnie Hazelhurst: The National Anthem


The Royal Welcome - Richard Harris


“Beginners Please...” - Choreographed by Chris Power


Oh What A Beautiful Morning -  (Oklahoma!, Drury Lane, 1947) – Howard Keel


Strike Up The Band – (Of Thee I Sing, Broadway, 1930)

Another Opening, Another Show - (Kiss Me Kate, Coliseum, 1951)

From This Moment On  - (Kiss Me Kate, Coliseum, 1951)

Clap Yo’ Hands – (Oh Kay, His Majesty’s, 1927)

Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord – (Godspell, Wyndhams, 1972)

Before The Parade Passes By – (Hello Dolly, Drury Lane, 1965)

Has Anybody Seen Our Ship – (Tonight At 8:30, Phoenix, 1936)

     - Anna Dawson, Tony Adams, Helen Geizer, and The Dancers


The Pirate King (Pirates Of Penzance, Drury Lane 1982)


“Underneath The Arches” Roy Hudd, Christopher Timothy, Joe Black, Peter Glaze, Tommy Godfrey, Billy Gray, and, Don Smoothey


Richard Stilgoe


Bess You Is My Woman Now - (Porgy & Bess, Stoll, 1952) – Lesley Collier & David Wall (by kind permission of the General Administration, Covant Garden), Choreographed by Norman Maen.


David Jacobs introduces Great Musical Numbers – Choreographed by Alan Harding


Tell Me Pretty Maiden - (Floradora, Lyric Theatre, 1899) – Joyce Blair, Suzanne Danielle, Karen Kay, Aimi Macdonald, Ruth Madoc, Isla St Clair, Kenneth Connor, Leslie Crowther, Billy Dainty, John Inman, Pete Murray, and, Bernie Winters


Something Better Than This – (Sweet Charity, Prince of Wales, 1967)


If This Isn’t Love - (Finian’s Rainbow, Palace, 1947)


One Alone – (The Desert Song, Drury Lane, 1927) – John Hanson


Anything You Can Do – (Annie Get Your Gun, Coliseum, 1947) – Gloria Hunniford, Jan Leeming, and, Esther Rantzen


Edelweiss – (Sound Of Music, Palace, 1961) – Vince Hill


Elegance – (Hello Dolly, Drury Lane, 1965)


Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man – (Showboat, Drury Lane, 1928) – Diane Langton


And Her Mother Came Too – (Prince of Wales, 1921) – Leslie Crowther


My Dearest Dear – (Dancing Years, Drury Lane, 1939) – Lorna Dallas


Good Old Bad Old Days (Prince of Wales, 1972)


Brush Up Your Shakespeare – (Kiss Me Kate, Coliseum, 1951) – Dennis Waterman & Anton Rogers


West Side Story – (West Side Story, Her Majesty’s, 1958) – Wall Street Crash


If I Were A Rich Man – (Fiddler On The Roof, Her Majesty’s, 1967) – Topol


Nothing Like A Dame – (South Pacific, Drury Lane, 1951)


I Could Have Danced All Night – (My Fair Lady, Drury Lane, 1958) – Liz Robertson Lerner


Brotherhood Of Man – (How To Succeed In Business, Shaftsbury, 1963) – Company


Act 2


Tarantara – (The Pirates Of Penzance, Drury Lane, 1982) – Tim Curry, Pamela Stephenson, George Cole, Bonnie Langford, Sylvester McCoy, Michael Praed, and, Chris Langham


“In The Shadows Of Eros The Broken Blossoms” – (Crazy Gang – London Rhapsody, Palladium, 1937)


Anything Goes – (Anything Goes, Palace, 1935)

I Get A Kick Out Of You – Peter Skellern


76 Tronbones – (Music Man, Adelphi, 1961) – Howard Keel, The Massed Trombones Of The Guards Division


A “Music-Hall” MemoryJim Casey son of Jimmy James, Roy Castle & Eli Woods.


Maybe Next Time – (Cabaret, Palace, 1968) – Sheena Easton


Comedy Tonight – (A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Strand, 1963)


Finale Please – Choreographed by Lud


It’s Not Where You Start – (See-Saw, Broadway, 1973)


Once A Year Day – (Pyjama Game, Coliseum, 1955) – Helen Geizer


And This Is My Beloved – (Kismet, Stoll, 1955) – Moira Anderson


You’ll Never Walk Alone – (Carousel, Drury Lane, 1950) – Buck’s Fizz


Windy City – (Windy City, Victoria Palace, 1982) – Dennis Waterman, Anton Rogers, Diane Langton, Victor Spinetti, Amanda Redman, and, Robert Longden


What I Did For Love – (Chorus Line, Drury Lane, 1976) – Jack Jones


Oklahoma (Oklahoma!, Drury Lane, 1947) – Howard Keel, and The English National Opera Chorus


One – (Chorus Line, Drury Lane, 1976) – Angela Rippon, and, The Dancers


42nd Street – (42nd Street, Broadway, 1979) – Millicent Martin


Ethel Merman


God Save The Queen





Normally The Royal Variety Performance is presented at The London Palladium. However, 1982 was one of those years when it was staged at the second choice venue, of Theatre Royal Drury Lane, because the show that was then on at The Palladium had a set in it that could not be easily taken down for the purposes of putting on this show.

As well as those billed just as  The Pirates Of Penzance cast, George Cole, Tim Curry, Bonnie Langford, Chris Langham, Sylvester McCoy, Michael Praed and Pamela Stephenson were also members of The Pirates of Penzance cast, and were in The Pirates Of Penzance (Gala Performance), The Pirates Of Penzance (Gala Preview), and, The Pirates Of Penzance (Benefit Preview).

Meanwhile, Rhys Nelson, Chris Power, and Windy City cast members Maurice Lane and Neil McCaul and had appeared in the film version of The Pirates Of Penzance.

It is perhaps worth noting that Theatre Royal Drury Lane has witnessed many historical occurrences, in particular connected with royalty, including assassination attempts on two of the King George’s.

Louise Gold had infamously appeared on a Royal Variety five years previously at The London Palladium in The Royal Variety Performance (1977).

Neil McCaul and Clive Panto went on to appear in Billy The Kid And The Green Baize Vampire.

Graham Bickley’s recording credits include: The Best Of Broadway Musicals , Encore The Very Best From The Musicals and Great Duets From The Musicals , Cole Porter - Night And Day, and, Simply Musicals.

Matt Zimmerman went on to appear in Anything Goes (stage show) and Let ‘Em Eat Cake, his recording credits include: Anything Goes (recording) - Website Recommended Album, Cole Porter - Night And Day and The History Of The Musical.

The Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra’s recording credits include The History Of The Musical.

Michael Harris’s recording credits also include: Encore The Very Best From The Musicals.

Diane Langton’s Recording credits include: Cole Porter - Night And Day and Defiant Dames , she went on to appear in Follies.

Liz Robertson’s recording credits include: Cole Porter - Night And Day and Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It (Recording).

Liz Robertson went on to appear in: Chicago & Company, A Time To Start Living, Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It, Side By Side By Sondheim, Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala, and, Happily Ever After. She has also gone on to organise Shopping With The Stars 2008, and appear at Shopping With The Stars 2009.

Millicent Martin, Lorna Dalls, and, Liz Robertson went on to appear in Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala, and, Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala.

Lorna Dallas and Bonnie Langford went on to appear in Broadway To Brighton.

Lorna Dallas went on to appear in Kids At Heart, Happily Ever After, and on the BBC Radio quiz Let’s Do The Show Right Here

Diane Langton went on to appear in: Chicago & Company, and, Follies, her recording credits include Cole Porter  - Night And Day and Defiant Dames.

Diane Langton, Millicent Martin, Victor Spinetti, and, Richard Stilgoe may have gone on to appear in Comedy Tonight.

Chris Langham’s writing credits include Muppet Show Music Album, and, The Muppets Go To The Movies.

Louise Gold and Chris Langham had previously appeared in The All Time Get Around Sometimes Play Together Every Other Friday Night Vaudeville Show.

Louise Gold and Pamela Stephenson went on to do voices for Spitting Image, on which Louise Gold was also Leading Puppeteer, and for which Chris Langham did some writing.

Shaun Curry went on to appear in Mrs Cole’s Music Hall.

Paul Leonard and Louise Gold have gone on to appear in The Water Babies, and, Final Chic Cabaret 2003.

Louise Gold and Sylvester McCoy have gone on to appear in Noises Off.

Roy Hudd has gone on to appear in A Midsummer Nights Dream, and guested on the radio on Ned Sherrin’s Review Of Revue.

Barry James, Liz Robertson, and. Anton Rogers may have gone on to appear in Will-Aid.

Millicent Martin, and, Anton Rogers went on to appear on television in Julia And Company.

Jack Jones’s recording credits include Jerome Kern The First 100 Years.

Anton Rogers, Neil McCaul, and, Dennis Waterman went on to appear on television on A Week In The West End.

Neil McCaul went on to appear in Red Hot & Blue, and, 110 In The Shade.

Christopher Timothy went on to appear in Doctors.

Tony Adams has gone on to appear in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The London Palladium.

Lorna Dallas,. Richard Harris, Topol, and, Matt Zimmerman’s recording credits include: The Greatest Musicals of the 20th Century.

Martin Koch went on to become Musical Supervisor for Mamma Mia, and in that capacity was interviewed on television in ABBA - The Reunion.

Kenneth Connor’s television credits went on to include Allo Allo.

Tommy Godfrey’s film credits include The Great Muppet Caper.

Tim Curry went on to play another Pirate in the film Muppet Treasure Island.

David Jacobs went on to perform at Hubert Gregg’s Memorial Service.

Louise Gold, Christopher Langham, and, Norman Maen had all previously worked on The Muppet Show, on which musician Kenny Baker may have been a trumpet player on (well there was a trumpet player of that name in the band for that programme)

Graham Bickley, Richard Harris, and, Diane Langton’s recording credits include The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales.

Norman Maen, and, Chris Langham had featured in the documentary Of Muppets And Men.

Graham Bickley, Lorna Dallas, and, Richard Harris’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Glamour And Majesty.

The English National Opera Chorus, and, Richard Harris’s recording credits include Centre Stage Showtime!.

Graham Bickley, and, Lorna Dallas’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens.

Lorna Dallas, Diane Langton, and, Liz Robertson’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears.

Diane Langton has gone on to appear, along with Louise Gold, in Mary Poppins.

Martin Frith went on to play for Anything Goes (stage show).

David Randall went on to play for Next Door’s Baby.

Graham Bickley, and, Richard Harris’s recording credits include Magic Of The Musicals.

Neil McCaul, along with Liz Robertson went on to take part in A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh.

Richard Harris’s recording credits include The Best Of The Musicals, and, Let’s Go On With The Show – Hit Songs From The West End & Broadway.

Gloria Hunniford, Martin Koch, Sylvester McCoy, and, Anton Rogers may have gone on to take part in Thing A Thon.

Roy Castle, and, Diane Langton’s recording credits include 100 Hits Musicals.

Graham Bickley, Lorna Dallas, and, Diane Langton’s recording credits include The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.

Neil McCaul went on to appear in Angry Housewives , which Maurice Lane eventually choreographed, and which Diane Langton did not appear in (because she was injured).

Liz Robertson, and, Christopher Timothy’s radio credits include The Radio 2 Arts Programme Chichester Festival 1994.

Louise Gold subsequently returned to Theatre Royal Drury Lane in Oliver!.

Tim Curry, Louise Gold, and, Chris Langham went on to appear in the documentary I Love The Muppets.

Lorna Dallas, and, Liz Robertson went on to take part in CLIC’s 18th Birthday Celebration.

Graham Bickley, and, Louise Gold went on to appear in Mexican Hayride.

George Cole, and, Dennis Waterman went on to appear in the documentary ITV’s 50 Greatest Shows.

Choreographer Chris Power may possibly be the same person who was the studio director of ITV’s 50 Greatest Shows.


Links about The Royal Variety Performance 1982

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