Ring Round The Moon

by Jean Anouilh translated by Christopher Fry

directed by Philippa Taylor

Performed at

Mottisfont Abbey


20th to 27th July 1985

Jean Anouilh

Jean Anouilh was born in 1910, the son of a tailor and a violinist. He reached the height of his fame in the 1950’s and early 1960’s when he produced works which have become modern classics such as The Lark, Becket ou l’amour de Dieu and La Grotte. Many of his plays have been translated into English and a number made into films.

Anouilh divided his works into Pièces Roses, Pièces Noires and Pièces Brillantes. Ring Round The Moon (L’invitation au Chateau) is a Pièce Brillante.

Anouilh’s plays cover a wide range of emotions and often have a period feel. He uses a gentle, witty humour. The main themes of his work are the death of love, idealism and disillusionment.

Cast (in order of appearance)
Joshua Ken Spencer
Hugo, Prederic Brian Stansbridge
Diana Messerschmann Enid Clark
Lady India Sonia Morris?
Patrice Bombelles David Pike
Madame Desmermortes Wiggs Dalgliesh
Capulat Hazel Burrows
Messerschmann David Bartlett
Romainville John Turnbull
Isabelle Angela Stansbridge
Her Mother Sheila Clark
Guests/Dancers Pam Aston, Hilary Bowen, Sara Butler, Julie Jordan, Julia Patterson, Barbara Williams, Malcolm Douglas, Keith Larkin, Chris Williams


For the Maskers:
Directed by Philippa Taylor
Assisted by Pat Sawyer
Stage Manager Angela Barks
Sound Tim Hobbs
Lighting Clive Weeks
Set Design Ken Spencer
Set Construction John Riggs
Properties Chris Williams
Wardrobe Janet Gairney
Dances arranged by Jenny Cox
Front of House Jan Ward, Meri Lawther
Publicity Graham Buchanan, Meri Lawther
Photography Tony Lawther
Pyrotechnic Operator Keith Larkin
Wine Bar Becket & Ann Pennington-Legh
Refreshments Lockerley Post Office

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John Riggs & Ken Spencer
Ken Spencer (Note: John Cavanagh painted a football gold and stuck it on the top of this structure.)

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