Shows & Audio

The music of Julian Slade

MUSIC, MUSICALS AND FIRST NIGHTS
London’s West End Theatre Royal Bristol
Cheltenham Everyman
‘THE DUENNA’ (1954)
SALAD DAYS (1954)
‘THE COMEDY OF ERRORS’(1954)

‘FREE AS AIR’
(1957)
‘FOLLOW THAT GIRL’
(1960)
‘WILDEST DREAMS’ (1961)
‘VANITY FAIR’ (1962)
‘WINNIE THE POOH’ (1971)
‘TRELAWNY’ (1972)
‘CHRISTMAS IN KING ST’ (1952)
‘THE MERRY GENTLEMAN’ (1953)
‘THE DUENNA’ (1954)
‘SALAD DAYS’ (1954)
‘HOORAY FOR DAISY’ (1959)
‘60,000 NIGHTS’ (1966)
‘THE PURSUIT OF LOVE’ (1966)
‘TRELAWNY’ (1971)
‘THE MERRY GENTLEMEN’ (1970)
‘OUT OF BOUNDS’ (1974)
AND
MUSIC FOR SHAKESPEARE
Ten Plays.
‘WILDEST DREAMS’(1961)
‘NUTMEG AND GINGER’(1963)
Cambridge
ADC
‘LADY MAY’ (1951)
ARTS
‘NOW WE ARE SIXTY’(1986)
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Two Dorothy Reynolds / Julian Slade Classics

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Book & Lyrics: Dorothy Reynolds & Julian Slade
Music: Julian Slade (1954)

A simple story of a young job-seeking couple leaving university, a tramp with a magic piano, two worried mothers, various uncles, a bishop, a police inspector, a night club owner and a smart young couple from society, all of whom end up dancing in the park! 54 years on and a year has yet to go by without this evergreen classic being staged by a professional or amateur company somewhere in the UK.
Cast numbers: 12-30. Key roles: Up to 10

Audio extracts:
‘It’s easy to sing’ – Listen… ‘We’re looking for a piano’ – Listen… ‘We said we wouldn’t look back’ – Listen…
‘FREE AS AIR’
Book & Lyrics: Dorothy Reynolds & Julian Slade
Music: Julian Slade (1957)

Still in demand, particularly with amateur companies who like large casts and choruses, this is the tale of a rich society girl who runs away to the peace of an imaginary Channel Island – mainly to escape the paparazzi and her mother. Told with a lot of fun and tuneful music, it has wide appeal.
Cast numbers: 15-30. Key roles: Up to 10

Audio extracts:
‘Let the grass grow’ – Listen… ‘Nothing but sea and sky’ –Listen… ‘Holiday Island’ – Listen…

Julian Slade shows you may not know

lady_may_180‘LADY MAY’
Book, Lyrics & Music: Julian Slade (1951)
A smash hit with Cambridge University and Town audiences, this lively, satirical, musical comment on the ‘impoverished’ upper classes of the post war 1940s, packed with witty lyrics and catchy songs, is perfect for a period revival.
Cast numbers: 15-30. Key roles: Up to 10

Audio extracts:
‘ Absolutely Nothing’ – Listen… ‘Snap’ – Listen…
‘Gypsy Earl’ – Listen…

duenna‘THE DUENNA’
Book and Lyrics; Richard Sheridan (1779)
Music: Julian Slade (1954)
An outrageously hilarious Sheridan play involving a peppery father, his wayward daughter, her girl friend, her suitors, her father’s choice as suitor (the less than attractive Isaac Mendoza), her duenna (companion),and some wine–bibbing friars. Julian’s music captures the period perfectly.
Cast numbers: 10-20. Key roles: Up to 9

Audio extracts:
‘Himself Alone’ – Listen… ‘Obstinate Daughter’ –Listen… ‘He Vowed He Came’ – Listen…

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‘TRELAWNY’
Book: Aubrey Woods & George Rowell
Lyrics & Music: Julian Slade (1972)

Adapted from Pinero’s ‘Trelawny of the Wells’, ‘Trelawny’ was later described by Sheridan Morley as ‘the version the National Theatre should have done.’ This story of Rose Trelawny, leading actress in a Victorian theatre company who falls in love with a young aristocrat but runs up against his disapproving family, is told with wit and drama and is set to some of Julian’s most rousing and memorable music.
Cast numbers: 15-30. Key roles: Up to 8

Audio extracts:
‘We Can’t Keep ‘Em Waiting’ – Listen… ‘Pull Yourself Together’ – Listen… ‘Ever of Thee’ – Listen… ‘Rose Trelawny’ – Listen…

vanity_fair_180‘VANITY FAIR’
Book: Robin Miller and Alan Pryce-Jones
Lyrics: Robin Miller and Julian Slade (1962)

Music: Julian Slade
Staged originally as a full scale musical with a large cast Robin and Julian’s 2000 adaptation of Thackeray’s great novel for the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden is ideal for a smaller scale production in any theatre. All the essential characters and all Julian’s original soaring musical score are retained.
Cast numbers: 10-15 Key roles: Up to 8

Audio extracts:
‘Vanity Fair’ – Listen… ‘Mama’ – Listen… ‘Someone to believe In’ – Listen…

pursuit_prog_bristol_180‘THE PURSUIT OF LOVE’
Book, lyrics and music: Julian Slade (1967)
This is the Slade musical still awaiting its West End premiere. Faithfully reflecting Nancy Mitford’s famous novel, fully approved by her, and packed with some of Julian’s best music, the show is ripe for a revival at this time when anything Mitford is still so popular.
Cast numbers: 20-40. Key roles: Up to 12

Audio extracts:
‘The Pursuit of Love’ – Listen… ‘Wonderful Juan’ – Listen…

N&G_cover_180‘NUTMEG AND GINGER’
Original play: Francis Beaumont
Book, Lyrics and Music: Julian Slade
Based on Beaumont’s ‘The Knight of the Burning Pestle’, this cheerful early-Jacobean romp is full of old time humour, maypole dancing, beautiful maidens and jolly songs for all to sing, as solos or in chorus. Very well received when originally performed at Cheltenham it was successfully revived at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond in 1991.
Cast numbers: 15-30. Key roles: Up to 8

Audio extracts:
‘A Perfect Knight’ – Listen… ‘Nutmeg & Ginger’ – Listen… ‘Take That’ –Listen…

 

 

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merry_cover_bristol_180‘THE MERRY GENTLEMAN’
Book & Lyrics: Dorothy Reynolds & Julian Slade
Music: Julian Slade (1953)

A light-hearted, Christmas musical-cum-revue, suited to any age of audience. It involves the impersonation of Father Christmas and all the trappings of the season. Lots of laughs, lots of cheery music and fun. As timeless as any pantomime, and much more original.
Cast numbers: 10-20. Key roles: Up to 10

Audio extracts:
‘Let’s start the party’ – Listen…‘One Father Christmas’ – Listen…

‘WINNIE THE POOH’
Original book: A.A.Milne
Some original music: H.Fraser-Simson
Adaptation and Additional Music: Julian Slade (1971)

A faithful, and tuneful, adaptation for the stage of this famous Milne classic – so popular with children of every generation. Originally starring Christopher Biggins as Pooh, this adaptation was an immediate Christmas success when it was first staged at London’s Phoenix Theatre. Featuring all the principal characters from the Pooh story its appeal remains as timeless as ever.

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comedyoferrors_cover_180‘THE COMEDY OF ERRORS’
Adaptation and Lyrics: Lionel Harris & Robert McNab
Music: Julian Slade (1954)

This successful adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy of mixed identities was set to music by Julian in the early ‘50s, staged at the Arts theatre in London and televised by the BBC in 1954. A new and still different look at Shakespeare that is full of fun and good songs.
Cast numbers: 18 Key roles: Up to 10

Audio extracts:
‘Should he upbraid’ – Listen… ‘Let’s go hand in hand’ – Listen…

Julian also wrote incidental music for 10 other Shakespeare plays
‘Pack clouds away’ – Listen… ‘Hey Nonny’ Listen…

 

For full details and details of all other Julian Slade shows and music, including his incidental music for Shakespeare, contact Nick Quinn at The Agency