1st Night Photos: Moon & Stars Shine for AnouilhDate: 20 February 2008
Jean Anouilh's 1947 comedy Ring Round the Moon returned to the West End last night (19 February 2008, previews from 5 February), opening for a limited season at the Playhouse Theatre with a stellar ensemble cast featuring Angela Thorne, JJ Field, Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Fiona Button, Belinda Lang and Peter Eyre.
Set around a lavish ball at a chateau, the tale centres on twin brothers (both played by Feild), an heiress who’s engaged to one twin but desperately in love with the other, and a ballet dancer embroiled in a plot hatched by the more calculating of the brothers.
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Anouilh’s other plays include, in English, Becket, Antigone, Eurydice, The Waltz of the Toreadors and Time Remembered. Ring Round the Moon, translated from the French (in which its title is L’Invitation au Chateau) by Christopher Fry, had its West End premiere at the Globe Theatre (now the Gielgud) in a production starring Paul Scofield, Claire Bloom and Margaret Rutherford. The revival is directed by Sean Mathias and designed by Colin Richmond.
For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand for the post-show party at Motion Bar with the company and other first night guests including Ruby Wax, Nicky Haslam, Elaine Paige, Nelson Riddle Jr, Paula Wilcox, Nick Moran, Jamie Sives, Helen Fraser, Nick Moran, Richard Wilson, Celia Imrie, Nickolas Grace, Roger Allam, Rupert Penry-Jones, Ian McKellen, Dervla Kirwan and Twiggy.
-by Terri Paddock