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The
Blue
Angel

Touring
November
2011



Director
David Green

Musical Director
Pam Vinten

Choreographer
Kirsty Scrivan

Variety act skills
Darryl Parr

Stage Manager
Stefan Kubala

Sound & Photographs - Bev Lawton

Costume-
Suzannah Platt

Publicity -
Rachel Kellett

Design -
Bridget Morley

Cast
Emma Martin
Paul Baker
Steven Phipps
Annie McClarnon
Grant Filshill
Alan Bolton
Hannah Curtis
Cora Burridge
Emma Jaggs
Julie Bolton
Pat Parris
Keshar Whitelock
Dafydd Westacott
Zak Flegg
Jake Kubala
Bruce Cox
Ian Hart
Martin Wolfe




 

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...PHOTOS from the show
(All photographs Bev Lawton)

The Blue Angel, by Pam Gems, a dark tale of love and lust
set in 1920s Hamburg when a pompous and proud
college professor falls for Lola, star of a burlesque cabaret troupe.

Based on a novel which inspired the 1930 film
starring Marlene Dietrich, this musical drama
includes songs such as Falling In Love Again,
Happy Days Are Here Again and Auf Wiedersehn.

Lola ................................ Emma Martin
Professor Raat ................ Paul Baker
Paul ............................... Dafydd Westacott
Bombler ......................... Steven Phipps
?Mai ................................ Anne McClarnon
Klaus ............................. Alan Bolton
Dieter ............................ Grant Filshill
?Bertha ...........................? Cora Burridge
TumTum ....................... Hannah Curtis
Hermine ........................ Emma Jaggs
Lutz .............................. Jake Kubala
Hans ............................. Zack Flegg
Frau Pflug ..................... Julie Bolton
The Judge ..................... Bruce Cox
The Mayor ................... Ian Hart
Dr Lippman ................... Martin Wolfe
Cabaret dancers ............ Julie Bolton, Pat Parris,
Keshar Whitelock
Other parts played by members of the cast

Director David Green
Musical director/Piano Pamela Vinten
Percussionist Sam Thurlow
Choreographer Kirsty Scriven

Production Team
Lighting – Mike Allmey
Sound/photography/transport/assistant lighting –
- Bev Lawton
Costumes – Suzannah Platt
?Stage Manager - Stefan Kubala
Rehearsal prompts - Cathy Gill, Rachel Kellett,
Ros Redelsperger
Marketing – Rachel Kellett
Props – Rachel Kellett/Bev Lawton/
Alan Bolton
Publicity design - Bridget Morley
Sign writing – Graham Redelsperger/Sam Thurlow

 



JenningsThe Blue Angel is the simultaneously-made English version of the first German "talkie", Der blaue Engel made into a movie in 1930 by Josef von Sternberg who directed Emil Jannings and Marlene Dietrich.

Bassed on Heinrich Mann's novel 'Professor Unrat', the story charts the downfall of a man from upstanding professor to a cabaret clown. Professor Rath (playd in the film by Jannings) starts frequenting the notorious club The Blue Angel after hearing about it from his male students.

Soon he is mesmerised by showgirl Lola Lola (played by Dietrich). After a short love affair he asks her to marry him to which she revealingly responds by laughing. Despite Lola Lola’s reaction, they do get married. Rath quits teaching and, after his savings run out, he becomes a clown at The Blue Angel. The once dignified intellectual is now a pathetic figure to be laughed at. Rath’s downfall is heartbreaking.

Pam GemsThe script was re-worked by Pam Gems for the Royal Shakespear Company in 1991 and it is this script we will be using.

Pam Gems launched her playwrighting career in 1972 at the age of forty-seven. Since then, she has created a number of strong female roles, often recasting historical figures in unromanticised terms. In addition to her own twenty-plus plays, one of which she wrote for children, Pam Gems has adapted and translated ten foreign plays, and written two novels and several television screenplays. She is perhaps best known for her 1978 adaptation of Piaf, the musical.

 

Falling in love again/

Never wanted to/

What am I to do?/

I can't help it

 

 

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