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: Produced in South Africa by Pieter Toerien in 1981, directed by British director Geoffrey Ferris, with Jonathan Rands, Andre Hattingh, Tim Plewman and Michael McGovern at the Intimate Theatre. Musical direction by Howard Morgan.

1981: Presented by Pieter Toerien and Shirley Firth by arrangement with Herbert de Leon Ltd in the Baxter Theatre in 1981, directed by the British director Geoffrey Ferris, starring Michael McGovern, Andre Hattingh, Tim Plewman and Jonathan Rands. Music directed by Howard Morgan.

1989: Presented by Pieter Toerien Productions, opening 4 February 1989 at the Leonard Rayne Theatre starring Richard Loring, Paul Ditchfield, Mark Richardson and others, before moving to the Theatre on the Bay from 2-20 May 1989.

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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