Benet Catty Productions

City Lights

James Woolf & Edmund Jolliffe

Dates
May 2005
Old Vic/Jermyn St Theatres, London

Performances
2

Audience
400

Musical Director
Edmund Jolliffe

Lighting Designer
Benet Catty

Cast
Andrew Chisholm
David Dorrian
Ben Fuiava
Tom W Foster
Clare Hannan
Kira Lauren
John Paul Micallef
Catherine Millsom
Judith Quin
Charlene Robertson
Jonathan Storey

When Chaplin was making his film City Lights in late twenties Hollywood, it was a project haunted by conflict, ill temper and bad luck. Leading lady Virginia Cherrill was sacked after being on the payroll for a year, only to be re-employed ten days later with a 100% increase in her salary.Playwright James Woolf took this as his inspiration to write a fictional musical about Hollywood hopefuls using the film of City Lights as a backdrop.



Woolf and composer Edmund Jolliffe began their collaboration in October 2000 since when earlier incarnations of the show have been seen in a fringe production and two other workshops. Benet Catty was brought on as the new director early in 2005 in time to stage two one-off performances.

These shows, which represented an abridged version of the complete show, were seen on the stage of the Old Vic as a Sunday night event and later at Jermyn St theatre in Piccadily for an industry matinee.

The showcases raised a substantial portion of the 25,000 target required to stage the production and plans were afoot for an off-west end production in 2006 until various rights issues caused the project to be shelved.

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