A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

by Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart

directed by Graham Buchanan

Performed at the

Nuffield Theatre


12th to 16th June 1990

Friends, Romans, Countrymen…. Welcome to the Nuffield Theatre for tonight’s performance of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. It is staggering that Stephen Sondheim has been writing so much, to such a standard, for so long. His first substantial theatre work, the lyrics for West Side Story, is more than 30 years old - the same distance in time that enabled him to contrast two different worlds in Follies, a recent hit in London. A Funny Thing… , with its classic suggestion of leads from Zero Mostel to Phil Silvers and Frankie Howerd, was Sondheim’s first musical comedy, written in 1962, and provided the inspiration for the long running television series Up Pompeii.

The Cast
Pseudolus Ken Hann
Hysterium John Carrington
Lycus John Hamon
Senex Ken Spencer
Erronius David Bartlett
Hero Chris Bennett
Mile Gloriosus David Jupp
Proteans Robbie Carnegie, Kevin Mitchell, Simon Wills
Philia Angela Mackie
Domina Julie Baker
Gymnasia Avril Woodward
Vibrata Hazel Burrows
Gemini Eleanor Blott, Debbie Smith
Panacea Sarah Spencer
Tintinabula Vicky Bowers
The Musicians
Musical Director/Piano Belinda Drew
Flute Jane Higgins
Clarinet/Alto Sax Dave King
Clarinet/Tenor Sax Ken Alexander
Trumpets Ian Smith, Andy Stockton
Trombone David Thomas
Synthesisers Michael Patterson
Percussion Mark Jordan


For the Maskers
Director Graham Buchanan
Production Assistant Jan Ward
Stage Manager Keith Hooper
Lighting Clive Weeks
Sound Tony Lawther
Wardrobe Valerie Oswald
Props Ella Lockett
Original Artwork John Hamon
Photography Rob Robinson
Set Assembled by Edwin Beecroft, Geoff Cook, Mike Turner, John Riggs, Alan Watson, Albie Minns, Alan Baker, Ron Tillyer, Philippa Taylor, Nichola Horne



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