Carry On
14th Sept - 29 Sept 1973 - Birmingham Hippodrome
      4th Oct - 12 Oct 1973 - Victoria Palace, London

"They're CARRYING On..."

"LIVE! on Stage"

Carry On London Programme


90 mins
 

The Stars
Sidney James
Barbara Windsor
Kenneth Connor
Peter Butterworth
Bernard Bresslaw
Jack Douglas
George Truzzi
Billy Tasker
Trudi Van Doorn
Les Quatre Rosetti
Lynn Rogers
The Crew
Writer

Additional Material
Music
Choreography
Costumes
Director
Comedy Director
Executive Producer
Talbot Rothwell, Dave Freeman & Eric Merriman
Ian Grant
Richard Holmes
Tommy Shaw
R St John Roper Ltd
Alan West
Bill Robertson
Albert J Knight

 

Synopsis

Peter Rogers was always one to take a successful idea and created something new out of it, so after the films and the TV series why not a stage show based on the idea of the Carry Ons. Not all the regulars wanted to do it, notably Kenneth Williams and Joan Sims, who would have been very good in it due to their stage background, so Rogers opened with Sid James, Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Connor, Peter Butterworth, Bernard Bresslaw and Jack Douglas.  Sid didn't want Jack Douglas to be in it due to him being considered a comedian  by Sid, and this scared him.  Sid was excellent comedian, but he always worked with a script, and very rarely came away from it, but with Jack's standup background - this worried him.  One night when the crowed was partially playful, Jack started to adlib and bounce gags of members of the cast, Sid just stood there and had to let it all go over his head.

The show was a mixture of comedy sketches, standup routines, song and dance and speciality acts, with the spirit of the Variety days of stage.  The crowd pleasers were the 6 innuendo-crusted mini Carry Ons sketches that really brought the crowds in for more.  These written by the pen of Carry On script writer Talbot Rothwell starred the 6 regulars, and the chance to see Sid "Yakking" his way through these, live on the stage, must have been amazing.

The sketches were lifted from the most popular films.  You have the Emergency Ward 99 sketch (Carry On Doctor), was a highlight. Having no Hattie Jacques wasn't a problem, they just stuffed Bernard Bresslaw into a Matrons outfit. The Elizabethan Madrigals sketch (Carry On Henry), lifted from the 1972 TV Christmas Special, always brought the house down, when Sid starts singing the unforgettable ballad "Balls, Balls, Banquets and Balls" (touching on Carry On Don't Lose Your Head).

Of course, the classic Carry On Cleo isn't forgotten about, with Barbara Windsor playing Cleo to Sid's Caesar - a real delight when Peter Butterworth is thrown in as Grabatiti, this show's where the shows level was.

 

The Programme

  1. ROUND-ABOUT VICTORIA!!! - THE DANCING GIRLS and BOYS. SIDNEY JAMES, BARBARA WINDSOR, KENNETH CONNOR, BERNARD BRESSLAW, JACK DOUGLAS, PETER BUTTERWORTH TAKE UP RESIDENCE!
     
  2. WHAT A CARRY ON! - with SIDNEY, BARBARA, KENNETH, BERNARD, JACK and PETER assisted by George Truzzi and Billy Tasker
     
  3. "CARRY ON GIRLS" - with JANET MAHONEY, THE CARRY ON SHOWGIRLS, THE DANCING GIRLS and BOYS introducing LES QUATRE ROSETTI
     
  4. "ELIZABETHAN MADRIGALS" with SYDNEY, BARBARA, KENNETH, BERNARD, JACK and PETER
     
  5. DEAUVILLE 1900 - THE SHOWGIRLS THE DANCING GIRLS and BOYS, THE SILHOUETTES
     
  6. ... and now 'THE MAESTRO' - SIDNEY JAMES
     
  7. LONDON NIGHT OUT - THE SHOWGIRLS and BOYs
     
  8. CURTAIN TIME at the ROYAL STANDARD MUSIC HALL
    .. PROGRAMME ...
    MISS LOTTIE COLLINS - Janet Mahoney
    OUR WORTHY MANAGER - Jack Douglas
    BARBARA WINDSOR
    THE GLAMAZONS
    OUR PATRIOTIC TABLEAUX ... THE BRITISH EMPIRE ... A TRIBUTE TO OUR GALLANT SOLDIERS
     
  9. CARRY ON LOVING! with JANET MAHONEY, THE DANCING GIRLS and BOYS, THE SHOWGIRLS
     
  10. "HELLO DOLLIES" - introducing THE NEW DOLLY'S
     
  11. BE PREPARED!

    The Scoutmaster - SIDNEY JAMES
    Scout Babcock - BERNARD BRESSLAW
    Scout Muggeridge - JACK DOUGLAS
    Scout Pennimore - KENNETH CONNOR
    Barbara - BARBARA WINDSOR
    Ethel - PETER BUTTERWORTH
    Barbara's friends - SORRALYN CROSTON & LYNNE TAYLOR
     
  12. THE BOYS and GIRLS INTRODUCE SINGING STAR LYNN ROGERS
     
  13. "CLEOPATRA'S PALACE ON THE NILE" THE DANCING GIRLS and BOYS THE SHOWGIRLS
     
  14. CLEOPATRA'S BOUDOIR
    (Cast in order of appearance)
    Cleopatra (Queen of the Nile) - BARBARA WINDSOR
    Enoch (a Hefty, Dusky Eunuch) - BERNARD BRESSLAW
    Grabatiti (High Priest) - PETER BUTTERWORTH
    Mark Antony (Lend me your Ears) - KENNETH CONNOR
    Caesar (Rome's Godfather) - SIDNEY JAMES
    Titus Atticus (Captain of the Guard) - JACK DOUGLAS
     
  15. "SMILE"
    with SIDNEY, BARBARA, KENNETH, BERNARD, JACK, PETER AND THE COMPANY

Discography:

'Our House' (Sidney James) - Pye 7N 45281. 'Smile, Smile, Smile' (Kenny Ball) - Pye 7N 45275

 

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