Stop the World – I Want to Get Off

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Stop the World – I Want to Get Off [1] is a musical with a book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse [2] and Anthony Newley [3].

The original text

The West End production, directed by Newley, opened on 20 July 1961 at the Queen's Theatre, where it ran for 485 performances. Newley starred as Littlechap, with Anna Quayle playing the multiple roles of Evie and the other women in his life.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1964: Adam Leslie staged Anthony Newley’s revue Stop the World – I Want to Get Off at the Alexander Theatre, starring Anna Quayle and Michael McGovern for the Reps. Albert Ninio directed this production which ran for fourteen weeks and formed part of the Johannesburg Festival.

1970: Presented by the University of Cape Town's Dramatic Society at the Little Theatre in May, directed by Aubrey Berg.

1976: Staged by PACT, directed by Frank Shelley with David Gilchrist, Diane Todd, Claire Robins, Renee Botha, Frances Hargreaves, Liza French, Trish McKenna, Rosalind Monat, Diane Spencer-Scarr, Gail Williamson and Sandi Willis. Musical direction by Bill Fairley, choreography by Mercedes Molina, decor by Gloria Lovegrove and costumes by Delene Holt.

1985: Presented by The Little Abbey Theatre, Durban, 1985, directed by Brenda Lauth.


Wikipedia [4].

Photographs (1964 production) held by NELM: Photograph collection [Collection: ASCH, Valda]: 2005. 65. 2. 46.

Inskip, Donald P., 1972. p.155.

PACT theatre programme, 1976.

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