Around the World
By Orson Welles and Cole Porter

The Lost Musicals
Sadler’s Wells
10 June - 8 July 2007
Directed by Ian Marshall Fisher

This show was last performed on Broadway in 1946, and has never seen the light of day since, partly because of its vast scale. The original production had a cast of 60, an orchestra of 35, 56 stage hands, silent film footage, and a vast mechanical elephant (which regularly broke down). We did it with eight people and a piano. It was this restriction of means that made the show work - fast, crazy and enormously funny. And I loved working with the wonderful cast and company.

"...the drama is kept aloft by surreal twists and some magnificent, scene-stealing cameos. With no prop besides a script folder, held in the manner of a fan, Richard Stemp gives us an unforgettably demure Madam Liang, while his impersonation of an electric telegraph is insane but perfect."
— Clive Davis, The Times, 14 June 2007

"Michael Roberts, Richard Stemp and Peter Kenworthy play the rest of the roles, male and female, to splendidly amusing effect."
— Ray Bennett, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 June 2007

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