A Musical Extravaganza of the Arabian Nights
as told by Oscar Asche
Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria presents Chu Chin Chow, based on the smash hit that ran for 2238 performances on London's West End.
Enter the exotic extravaganza of Chu Chin Chow, a grand Arabian Nights adventure from the rich imagination of Geelong-born impresario Oscar Asche – Victoria’s very own musical theatre superstar!
Having conquered the London theatre scene, Oscar Asche has big plans to bring his spectacular showcase to Melbourne, but first he needs to convince Australia’s foremost theatrical agency, J C Williamson Management, that this will be the standout show of the season. Will he succeed?
Original Story & Lyrics by Oscar Asche
New Book by Melvyn Morrow
Music by Frederic Norton - Performed by the GSOV Orchestra
With direction and choreography by Robert Ray (Opera Australia), musical direction by John Ferguson (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), and breathtaking costumes by Ros Thompson (Babirra Music Theatre), this splendid musical comedy from a new book by award-winning Australian playwright, Melvyn Morrow (Dusty, Shout!) will bring this forgotten favourite to a brand new audience.
Celebrating the musical's centenary year, Chu Chin Chow will take you on a magic carpet ride of perilous quests, forbidden lovers, treacherous assassins, and high slapstick comedy coupled with some of the best theatre songs ever written, including Anytime’s Kissing Time, The Cobbler’s Song, We are the Robbers of the Woods and Corraline.
Book now and rediscover this Australian theatrical treasure!
Malvern 26 – 27 November
Malvern Theatre Company
29 Burke Road, Malvern
Evening: 8:15pm Sat 26 Nov
Matinée: 2:00pm Sat 26 & Sun 27 Nov
Enquiries 0490 465 009
Child: $15 (Under 15 Years)
Groups of 10+: $20
(Booking fees apply)
Chu Chin Chow is presented as a special 100th anniversary season. It has previously played in Asche’s home town of Geelong, as well as at Phoenix theatre in Elwood.
Direction & Cast
We have recruited a stellar cast of young, talented individuals, combined with several seasoned performers.
Director & Choreographer: ROBERT RAY
Musical Director: JOHN FERGUSON
Oscar Asche as ABU HASAN: KENT MARTIN
Cecil Humphreys as KASIM BABA: RON PIDCOCK
Wensley Russell as ALI BABA: RON MACK
Herbert Brown as NUR-AL-HUDA ALI: TORQUIL SYME
George Ide as ABDULLAH: FRANCIS SMITH
Mason Wood as BABA MUSTAFA: ALAN BROWN
Arthur Styan as CHU CHIN CHOW/ABU HASAN: ANDREW McGRAIL
Eardley Turner as MUKBIL: GIANFRANCO FILONZI
Pearl Ladd as ALCOLOM: JESSICA LESLEY HARRIS
Jessie Page as MAHBUBAH: SUSAN MARSHALL
Kitty Reidy as MARJANAH: ELLA BROOME
Sarah Doran as ZAHRAT AL-KULU: SUMMER BOWEN
DAVID VELLELY, LARRY DALTON, CHRIS McINNIS, LOU MONTERET, GIANFRANCO FILONZI, ANDREW McGRAIL, DAVID GERARD, CORNELIO DE PAOLA
LAUREN STANNARD, GEORGIA VELLELLY, MEREDITH WEI, MICHELLE CARLI, JASMINE AHWAH
RICH MERCHANT WIVES
ROBYN PIDCOCK, ELIZABETH BARRY, ELIZABETH McREA, JACQUI MALONEY
GSOV is the performing arm of The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria which has been delighting audiences with its productions for over 80 years. One of the longest running theatrical organisations in Australia, it has been hailed as one of our country’s leading light opera companies. GSOV performs not only in Melbourne and regional Victoria, but has also won awards on the international stage at the premier Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in the United Kingdom.