THEATRE
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2011 CINDERELLA
Beatrice
Richmond Theatre:
Christopher Dunham

2011 RAGTIME
Grandfather
Landor Theatre:
Robert McWhir

2011 THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Major-General Stanley
Kilworth House Theatre:
Mitch Sebastian

2011 HMS PINAFORE
Dick Deadeye
National Tour:Jeff Clarke

2011 THE SORCERER
Mrs. Partlett
National Tour: Jeff Clarke

2010 DICK WHITTINGTON
Sarah the Cook
Milton Keynes: Christopher Dunham

2010 HMS PINAFORE
Dick Deadeye
National Tour: Jeff Clarke

2009 CINDERELLA
Britney
Woking: Kevin Bishop

2009 MY FAIR LADY
Colonel Pickering
Cambridge: Russell Labey

2008 CINDERELLA
Lucinda
Wimbledon: Peter Denyer

2008 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
The Rabbi
National Tour: Julian Woolford

2007 CINDERELLA
Susannah
Stoke On Trent: Chris Manoe

2007 42nd STREET
Bert Barry
National Tour: Mark Bramble

2006 CINDERELLA
Chantelle
Woking: Bonnie Lythgoe

2006 HMS PINAFORE
Dick Deadeye
National Tour: Jeff Clarke

2006 A LOVE LETTER TO DAN
Novello Theatre: Dougie Squires

2006 INTO THE WOODS
The Prince's Steward / Cinderella's Father
Derby Playhouse: Karen Louise Hebden

2005 THE BURGLAR'S OPERA
'Fingers' McFidget / Ebenezer Fudge etc.
The Theatre, Chipping Norton: Jeff Clarke

2002-2005 CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
ORIGINAL CAST
2003-2005 CAST
FINAL CAST
The Commentator / Phillips
(The Toymaker / Lord Scrumptious*)
London Palladium: Adrian Noble

2002 EMINENT VICTORIANS
Cardinal Manning
Battersea Barge: Tim Heath

2001 DICK WHITTINGTON
Sarah The Cook
Watford Palace: Chris Emmett

2001 HMS PINAFORE
Dick Deadeye
Cochrane ( Covent Garden Festival);
National Tour: Jeff Clarke

2000 ALADDIN AND HIS WONDERFUL LAMP
Widow Twankey
Watford Palace, Chris Emmett

2000; 2001 THE MERRY WIDOW
Baron Zeta
Cochrane ( Covent Garden Festival);
National Tour: Jeff Clarke

1999 CINDERELLA
Polly-Esther
The Corn Exchange, Newbury: Jeff Clarke

1999 CHAPLIN
Mack Sennett
Old Fire Station, Oxford: Tommy Steele

1998; 1999 THE MIKADO
Pooh Bah
Cochrane ( Covent Garden Festival);
National Tour: Jeff Clarke

1999 ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS
Francis;
Komedia Brighton, Fenton Gray

1998 A TALE OF TWO CITIES
The Solicitor General
Theatre Royal Windsor: Bob Tomson
Alexandra Birmingham: Bob Tomson

1996; 1997 CRAZY FOR YOU
Eugene Fodor / Everett Baker
National Tour: Mike Ockrent

1995 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Mr Fezziwig / Old Joe
(Ebenezer Scrooge*)
Theatre Royal Nottingham: Christopher G. Sandford

1993;1994;1995 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR® DREAMCOAT
Simeon
National Tour: Stephen Pimlott

1992 THE LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT SHOW
Harpo Marx
Playhouse Theatre: Dirk Maggs

1992 MOTHER GOOSE
Squire Skinflint IV
Belgrade Theatre Coventry: Iain Lauchlan

1992;1993 ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS
Roscoe; Francis / Grant;
Kings Head / Drill Hall: Bill Russell
Criterion Theatre: Bill Russell

1992 MUSIC HALL - Players Theatre etc
Players Theatre / Hiss & Boo etc

1991;1992 SOME LIKE IT HOT
Abe Greenbaum
Churchill Bromley; National Tour
Prince Edward Theatre: Tommy Steele

1990 LUST
Everyman
Kings Head theatre Club: Mark Urquart

1990 CLUEDO
Colonel Mustard
Wimbledon Theatre; National Tour: Kit Thacker

1990 JILL DARLING
Bobby Jones
Kings Head Theatre Club: Nica Burns

1989 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Roscoe Dexter
London Palladium; Manchester Palace: Tommy Steele

1988 LITTLE FANNY'S REVENGE
Landlord / Callboy / Nun
The Water Rat: Aline Waites

1986 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Roscoe Dexter
Hippodrome, Birmingham; Tour: Tommy Steele

1985 JUST A VERSE AND CHORUS
Revue - various roles
Churchill Bromley; National Tour: Patrick McIntyre

1985 MEET ME AT THE GATE
Revue - various roles and Co-devised
Kings Head Theatre Club: Neil Lawford

1985 UNIPART TRADE SHOW
Campari
Business Theatre: Peter Reeves

1984 KATERINA
Pasha
Exeter Northcott: Stewart Trotter

1983;1984 MR CINDERS
Lumley Lancaster
Kings Head Theatre Club: Tony Craven
Fortune Theatre: Tony Craven

1982 ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR
Dick Potter
Northcott Exeter: Nick Huytner

1982 BITTER SWEET
Bertram Sellick
Northcott Exeter, Stewart Trotter

1982 A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
Protean
Bristol Old Vic, John David

1982 THE WIZARD OF OZ
The Tinman
Derby Playhouse: Warren Hooper

1981 STOP THE ROT!
Wallie
Palace Westcliff: Chris Dunham

1981 FUNERAL GAMES
McCorquodale
Elephant Theatre: Nick Dunning

1981 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR® DREAMCOAT
Jacob / Zebulum
Civic Chesterfield: Colin Mackintyre

1980 A NEW WAY TO PAY OLD DEBTS
Order
Edinburgh Festival: Simon Howard

1980 CINDERELLA
Baron Hardup
Capitol Aberdeen: John Hole

1980 THE CHAIRS
The Orator
Soho Poly: Andy Hinds

1979 CINDERELLA
Hairdresser / Front of Horse
Hornchurch Queen's Theatre: Paul Tomlinson

1979 SALAD DAYS
Uncle Augustine
National Tour: Charles Vance

1979 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR® DREAMCOAT
The Baker/ Asher
Palace Westcliff: Chris Dunham

1978 BABES IN THE MAGIC WOOD
Supermog / Father Christmas
Hornchurch Queen's Theatre: Paul Tomlinson

1978 MACBETH
Angus
Hornchurch Queen's Theatre: Paul Tomlinson

1978 SEE HOW THEY RUN!
Rev Arthur Humphrey
Hornchurch Queen's Theatre: Warren Hooper

1978 SQUEAK!
Fritz Svifft
Hornchurch Queen's Theatre: Paul Tomlinson

1978 THE SECRET OF JACK THE RIPPER
Police Constable / also as DSM
Hornchurch Queens Theatr'e: Paul Tomlinson

1978 THE CRUCIBLE
Ezekiel Cheever / also as DSM
Hornchurch Queen's Theatre: John Bleasdale

[ * denotes that Graham Hoadly both understudied and played this character]

HMS PINAFORE
By W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

Opera della Luna

NATIONAL TOUR:

Covent Garden Festival HMS President; Newbury Corn Exchange; Exeter Northcott; Cardigan Theatre Mwldan; Brecon Theatre Mwldan; Chipping Norton The Theatre; Ipswich New Wolsey; Kirkcaldy Adam Smith; Berwick upon Tweed The Maltings; Richmond Georgian Theatre Royal; Hexham Queens Hall; Whitley Bay Playhouse; Horsham Arts Centre; Tunbridge Wells Trinity; Wellingborough The Castle; Aberystwyth Arts Centre; Hereford The Courtyard; Tewksbury The Roses; Abergavenny Borough Theatre; Buxton Opera House; Chelmsford Civic; Canterbury Gulbenkian; Camberley Arts Link; Bexhill on Sea De La Warr; Cheltenham Bacon Theatre.

CAST

Little Buttercup - Julia Goss / Gay Soper / Louise Crane
Bill Bobstay - John Barr / Martin George / Richard Woodall
Dick Deadeye - Graham Hoadly
Ralph Rackstraw - Paul Darnell / Joseph Shovelton / Robert Irons
Captain Corcoran - Carl Sanderson / Garth Bardsley
Trevor Connor / Ian Belsey
Josephine - Rebecca Knight / Fiona Dunn /
Sarah Ryan / Lesley Cox
Hebe - Paula Seal / Kirsty Hoiles
Sir Joseph's Sister - Julia Goss / Gay Soper / Louise Crane
Sir Joseph's Aunt - Graham Hoadly
Sir Joseph Porter KCB - David Timson

PRODUCTION

Director & Musical Director - Jeff Clarke
Choreographer - Jenny Arnold
Designer - Graham Wynne
Lighting Designer - Guy Dickens

PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHS

 

REVIEWS

“ … Rather than the usual pulchritudinous pack of crinolined cousins sisters and aunts, we had just one of each, the latter played in drag with sharp relish by the talented Graham Hoadly. He exemplified the horror of those aunts fixed for ever by P.G. Wodehouse;

‘It is no use telling me that there are bad aunts and good aunts, they are all alike … sooner or later out pops the cloven hoof’.

That the same actor doubled as the physically and mentally twisted Dick Deadeye, is a tribute to his skill and the director’s ingenuity …”

Peter Lewis; Hexam Courant

“ … not since the heady days of John Reed have I heard an audience laugh so much at Sir Joseph’s dialogue. Splendid as David Timson is, Graham Hoadly is practically priceless …”

Kevin Chapple; The Gilbert and Sullivan Society

“ … it is ultimately Graham Hoadly who steals the show, both as the irascible Dick Deadeye and the First Lord’s extraordinary aunt …”

Roger Jones; Gloucestershire Echo

“ … Baldrick and Lady Bracknell in one evening?

A chance not given to many actors, but seized gleefully by Graham Hoadly in Opera della Luna’s sparkling pocket Pinafore … doubling Deadeye with a formidable aunt was just one ingenious example of making virtue of necessity …”

Michael Gray; Chelmsford Weekly News

“ … adding to the fun is a spot of cross dressing with girls as sailors and a great switch from Graham Hoadly who is the limping Dick Deadeye and Sir Joseph Porter’s stout aunt with a roving eye …”

D.H.; Ipswich Evening News

“ … Graham Hoadly, a truly fearsome Dick Deadeye, pops up briefly in drag as the First Lord’s aunt …”

Peter Hepple; The Stage 24 May 2001

“ … Graham Hoadly, not only a revolting, repulsive Dick Deadeye, turned into a cross between Mrs Doubtfire and Mole as the aunt – provoking much laughter …”

Caroline Franklin; Newbury

“ … the admirable Graham Hoadly was a nasty-looking Dick Deadeye as well as formidable aunt …”

Peter Hepple; The Stage 8 June 2000

GRAHAM'S REMINISCENCES

Another one Jeff Clarke's inspirations - HMS Pinafore with a cast of eight!
It worked splendidly and I got to play a tour de force as Dick Deadeye and Sir Joseph Porter's Aunt. This entailed very quick changes, and I'm sure the show backstage was livelier than that onstage at times!
The cast list above reflects the fact that some parts were played by different performers at certain theatres.
We played this piece at many venues, but I will never forget the terrible heat on board HMS President when we presented the show as part of the Covent Garden Festival. A horrible, sweaty memory!
I also recall the first time we did the show - on board the QE2.
In the lift the following day, an elderly American lady passenger accosted me. She, alas, was not - and had never been - a beauty. She had seen the show the night before and congratulated me on my performance:
"My mother," she ventured with a gravely, witch-like voice "was in HMS Pinafore - when I was a girl"
"Oh," I replied, politely "what a co-incidence! As Sir Joseph Porter's Aunt?"
"NO!" she rasped "As DICK DEADEYE!"

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