The original team behind 2004 West End hit Round the Horne … Revisited are reuniting for two weeks only this month to try out a brand-new stage show based on the 1960s radio classic.
Horne A’Plenty, running from 29 August to 9 September 2017 only back at London’s White Bear Theatre, is adapted by Brian Cooke, the last surviving writer from the radio series, who also adapted Round the Horne… Revisited. Read Brian’s full blog on his relationship with Kenneth Horne, Round the Horne and how he came to write the new show.
Comedy classic Round the Horne ran for four years on BBC Radio between 1965 and 1968. Created by Barry Took and Marty Feldman, it starred Kenneth Horne along with series regulars Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick and Betty Marsden, as well as the show’s announcer, Douglas Smith.
Round the Horne … Revisited, based on scripts from the radio original, started life at the White Bear Theatre in 2003 before transferring to the West End in January 2004 and touring extensively. It was later filmed for BBC Television.
White Bear artistic director Michael Kingsbury directs Horne A’Plenty with four of the original Round the Horne cast members reprising their roles: Jonathan Rigby as Kenneth Horne, Robin Sebastian as Kenneth Williams, Kate Brown as Betty Marsden and Charles Armstrong as Douglas Smith. David Morley Hale joins the company as Hugh Paddick. The production is designed by Oscar Selfridge, with lighting by Teresa Nagel and musical direction by Rod Anderson.
WATCH: Round the Horne… Revisited
Did you see the team on their last stage outing? Here’s a video reminder.
Jonathan Rigby (Kenneth Horne) – Jonathan trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and first played Kenneth Horne in Round the Horne… Revisited (West End and BBC Four), doing so again in Round the Horne – Unseen and Uncut (UK tour) and Radio 4’s Twice Ken is Plenty and Thoroughly Modest Mollie. Other theatre includes The Fire Raisers (BAC), Dial ‘M’ for Murder (Theatre Royal Windsor), A Doll’s House, Time and the Conways (Salisbury Playhouse), Hay Fever, Relatively Speaking (Frinton Summer Theatre), Poilu and Tommy (Théâtre Volière), Rochester in Jane Eyre (Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh), Byron in Bloody Poetry (Boston, USA), Alarms and Excursions (Gielgud Theatre), Waiting for Stoppard (Bristol New Vic),Augusta (New End), plus touring as Higgins in Pygmalion and Frank in Educating Rita. TV: Lennon Naked, The Bill, A History of Horror, WPC 56, Father Brown. Radio: The Corrupted, A Date with Dyall, Double Vision. He has also directed a highly successful revival of the all-female play Women of Twilight and plays ghost hunter Harry Price in the feature film Borley Rectory.
Robin Sebastian (Kenneth Williams) – Robin trained at Arts Ed and has played Kenneth Williams in many shows, including Babs (BBC One), The Lost Sitcoms (BBC Four), The Missing Hancocks and Twice Ken is Plenty(Radio 4), Round the Horne… Revisited (West End and UK tour), Round the Horne – Unseen and Uncut (UK tour) and Stop Messing About (West End and UK tour). Other stage roles include The Men from the Ministry (White Bear), Willy in Fallen Angels (two UK tours), Robin in Volcano (West End and UK tour), Carmen Ghia in The Producers (UK tour), Gruber in ’Allo ’Allo (UK tour), Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers (Bristol Old Vic), The Country Wife (New End), Oedipus the Pantomime, Macbeth and the Beanstalk (Mitchell & Webb), Gordon in Key for Two, Alistair Spenlow in Move Over Mrs Markham and Cecil Graham in Lady Windermere’s Fan (Vienna’s English Theatre). TV includes The Royals, Sherlock, Spooks, My Family, Holy Flying Circus, Catastrophe, Doctors, The Basil Brush Show, Just William and most recently Piss off, I love you!
Kate Brown (Betty Marsden) – Kate studied drama and music at the University of Cape Town, Trinity College and The Actors’ Company; she is currently doing an MA at RADA. Theatre includes Cheltenham Festival: Abigail’s Party (Sue); UK Touring Theatre: California Suite (Diana); York Theatre Royal: The Importance of Being Earnest (Lady Bracknell), Hay Fever (Judith Bliss); West End / Royal Variety Performance: Round the Horne… Revisited (Betty Marsden); Kent Repertory: Fallen Angels (Jane), Relatively Speaking (Sheila), Othello (Emilia), Rookery Nook(Gertrude), Sisterly Feelings (Abigail); Portsmouth Theatre Royal: Blithe Spirit (Elvira); Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke: Perfect Days (Alice); Jermyn Street: Cause Célèbre (Alma Rattenbury); Labyrinth Theatre, Vienna: Homeless Art (Mirabelle), The Nerd (Tansy), Crimes of the Heart (Babe). Screen credits include Doctors, Family Affairs, My Parents are Aliens, Arthur’s Dyke, Two Stops to Bank, Of Marriageable Age, The Glass Menagerie, Valentine’s Game. Kate has also recorded audio episodes of Doctor Who, Judge Dredd and Bernice Summerfield (Big Finish). An experienced teacher, she works in several schools and is Drama Education Advisor for The Oracy Project (Wellcome Trust).
Charles Armstrong (Douglas Smith) – Charles trained at Drama Studio London. Theatre includes The Men from the Ministry (White Bear), Happy to Help (Park Theatre), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Birmingham Rep), Macbeth and Hamlet (AFTLS American tours), Witness for the Prosecution (Vienna’s English Theatre), Round the Horne… Revisited, Stop Messing About (West End and touring), The Provok’d Wife, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (New End), Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC), Trelawny of the Wells (National Theatre), Of Mice and Men (Harrogate Theatre), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Salisbury Playhouse), Wait Until Dark (Royal Theatre, Northampton), Bless the Bride (King’s Head), Twelfth Night (Liverpool Playhouse), Rebecca (Number One Tour), Henry V (Union Theatre), How He Lied to Her Husband (Orange Tree). Film: The King’s Speech, The Navigators. TV: The Halcyon, Tokyo Trial, Call the Midwife, Doctors, Father Brown, Holby City, Round the Horne… Revisited, Head Over Heels, EastEnders, Poirot, Futurecast, Holby City. Radio: Changeable, Twice Ken is Plenty. Charles was in the BBC Radio Rep and has recorded numerous voiceovers and audiobooks.
David Morley Hale (Hugh Paddick) – David’s theatre credits include Harvey (Birmingham Rep, UK tour and Theatre Royal Haymarket), Regeneration (Royal & Derngate Northampton plus UK tour), Relative Values(Theatre Royal Bath, UK tour and Harold Pinter Theatre, West End), Love, Lies and Lust and Little Voice (both at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch), Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds), Haunting Julia (Mercury Theatre, Colchester and UK tour), The King’s Speech (Wyndham’s Theatre, West End), Edward II (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Gotcha(Riverside Studios), Spike Milligan’s Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall (Bristol Old Vic and UK tour), Pack of Lies (UK tour for Bill Kenwright Ltd), Wink the Other Eye (Wilton’s Music Hall), Under the Eagle (White Bear), Leonce and Lena (Tabard Theatre), Thought Crimes (Oval House), Keep On Running (White Bear) and Oedipus (Steam Industry at The Scoop). Film: Frederick Worthington in The Current Wars (in production). Television credits include The Sex Researchers (Channel 4) and How TV Ruined Your Life (BBC Two). Radio: My Difficult Second Album and Weekending, both for Radio 4.
Michael Kingsbury (director) – Michael trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His production of Round the Horne… Revisited ran in the West End for 15 months, was critics’ choice in 11 newspapers, was chosen to be part of the Royal Variety Performance and completed three Number One tours. His other directing work includes Doomsday and The Divided Laing (Arcola Theatre), In Lambeth (Southwark Playhouse), But First This: Radio 4 the Musical (Act / Watermill Productions); Ying Tong (West Yorkshire Playhouse and West End), States of Shock (BAC), This Other Eden (Soho Theatre), his own play Seduced (Finborough Theatre), Hard Times, Decadence, The Hound of the Baskervilles (Salisbury Playhouse), Christmas (White Bear) and British Council tours of The Caretaker and Bloody Poetry produced in association with his own company, London City Theatre. His first play, All Manner of Means (BAC and King’s Head), was a Time Out critics’ choice; other writing includes Under the Influence (White Bear) and Contact.com (Park Theatre). His new play, All Inclusive, will go into production next year.