< Back to Stage menu

Guys and Dolls (1972)

A musical, from the stories by Damon Runyan, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and with lyrics and music by Frank Loesser, performed at the University Theatre, Manchester, beginning in October 1972.


Photos


Guys and Dolls image #1


The photo shows Nathan Detroit (played by Trevor Peacock) and Miss Adelaide (ZoŽ Wanamaker).  It has been kindly provided by ZoŽ.

Cast

Policeman ... Geoffrey Bateman
Big Jule ... John Cording
Nicely, Nicely ... Michael Feast
Arvide ... David Grayson
Benny ... Neil Kennedy
Sky Masterson ... John Labanowski
Sarah Brown, of the Mission ... Heather Page
Nathan Detroit ... Trevor Peacock
Miss Adelaide ... ZoŽ Wanamaker
Rusty ... Peter Whitman

Crew

Director: George Hall
Set designer: Clare Jeffrey
Musical director: Chuck Mallett

Notes

This production of Guys and Dolls was presented by the 69 Theatre Company, with which Zoe had made her professional stage debut (in a 1970 revival of A Midsummer Night's Dream). 

For Zoe, the musical is particularly important in relation to her development as a performer.  'I had never sung before doing Guys and Dolls with Trevor Peacock, and it was an extraordinary thing to discover that I could do it,' she explained several years later.  'It's the nearest I've come to total release, total anarchy on stage' (see 'I Yearn To Be So Free and Comfortable on That Stage' interview).

In its review of Guys and Dolls, The Stage recognised Zoe's 'rich gift for comedy', a quality on which she has drawn to great acclaim throughout her career.  Comic talent is crucial to the success of many of Zoe's performances, perhaps most notably as May Daniels in the quirky Once in a Lifetime (1979), Susan Harper in popular TV sitcom My Family (2000 onwards), and Hildy Johnson in the fast-paced His Girl Friday (2003).

Merchandise

Guys and Dolls and Other Stories by Damon Runyan

Guys and Dolls by Frank Loesser (extracts from the musical score)


Site design and original text © 2002 - 2017 www.zoewanamaker.com, unless specified otherwise.
Most images used on this site are the copyright of their photographer, Ms. Wanamaker, and/or the production company of the show. Use of these images is covered under the fair use limitation in the USA, and the fair dealing limitaton in the UK.
This site is a non-commercial endeavour.