Tom Foolery

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Tom Foolery is a musical revue based on lyrics and music that Tom Lehrer first performed in the 1950s and 1960s. Devised and produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray, it premiered in London at the Criterion Theatre, directed by Gillian Lynne, on 5 June 1980. Occasionally written Tomfoolery.

Performance history in South Africa

1981: Presented by Pieter Toerien and Shirley Firth, by arrangement with Herbert de Leon Ltd, at the Intimate Theatre, Johannesburg, and the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town. Directed by the British director Geoffrey Ferris, with Michael McGovern, Andre Hattingh, Tim Plewman and Jonathan Rands. Music directed by Howard Morgan. An abbreviated version was filmed for the SABC by William C. Faure and transmitted on 17 December 1981.

1989: Presented by Pieter Toerien, opening 4 February at the Leonard Rayne Theatre starring Richard Loring, Paul Ditchfield, Mark Richardson and Celeste Litkie, before moving to the Theatre on the Bay from 2-20 May 1989. Paul Ditchfield was not in the Cape Town production and was replaced by Malcolm Terrey. It was directed by Jimmy Bell, with Kevin Feather as the musical director.

2010: Directed by Greg Homann at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square, 2010, starring Kate Normington, Malcolm Terrey and Matthew Stewardson.

Translations and adaptations


Tom Foolery theatre programme, 1981.

Sunday Independent, 31 January 2010.

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