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0001 - Which witch (1987)
Musique: Benedicte Adrian • Ingrid Bjornov
Paroles: Kit Hesketh-Harvey
Livret: Piers Haggard
Production originale:
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Genèse: The storyline for Which Witch was derived from the witch finder's manual Malleus Maleficarum, and the original script was written by Adrian and Bjørnov's manager Ole A. Sørli. The lyrics of the early concert versions were written by Helen Hampton and Roger Avenstrup, in collaboration with Adrian, Bjørnov and Sørli. The first performance was in Grieghallen, Bergen on May 27, 1987, with Adrian playing the female lead, and Bjørnov as musical director. The material was constantly developed throughout a period of eight years, resulting in several national and international tours presenting continuously updated concert versions of the musical. The "Operamusical" Which Witch opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in London on October 22, 1992 and ran for 76 performances, after a critical savaging. It has been described as "the second worst West End musical of all time", a "bizarre musical", and "a dire rock opera". The London version was followed by a rather more successful Norwegian tour, and further performances of a Norwegian version in Holmenkollen, Oslo during the summer of 1994. Which Witch has, since its premiere in May 1987, been performed a total of 142 times in concert version in the following countries: Norway, Canada, USA, the Netherlands, England, Spain, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The total attendance figure is approx. 276,000.

Résumé: Maria Vittoria has fallen in love with her German tutor, Daniel, recently made a bishop of the Catholic Church. They are married and Daniel takes Maria back to his family home in Heidelberg where she meets Anna Regina, his possessive elder sister. Anna Regina accuses Maria of having cast a spell on Daniel, and the townspeople soon imprison her for witchcraft.

Création: 27/5/1987 - Grieghallen (Bergen) - représ.

Version 1

Dutch Commander (The) (1964-10-Old Vic-NT-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Old Vic (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre : 13 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Tuesday 13 October 1964
Dernière : Saturday 14 November 1964
Mise en scène : Piers Haggard • William Gaskill
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Billie Whitelaw, John Stride, Joyce Redman, Frank Finlay, Sheila Reid, Frank Wylie, Tom Kempinski, Edward Petherbridge, Christopher Timothy, Michael Turner, Harry Lomax, George Innes, Ron Pember

Version 2

Ticket-of-leave Man (The) (1981-02-Cottesloe Theatre-NT-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: National Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Dorfman Theatre
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 39 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Thursday 12 February 1981
Dernière : Saturday 21 March 1981
Mise en scène : Piers Haggard
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :

Version 3

Which witch (1992-10-Piccadilly Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Piccadilly Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 1 mois 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Thursday 22 October 1992
Dernière : Saturday 19 December 1992
Mise en scène : Piers Haggard
Chorégraphie : Will Tuckett
Producteur :
Avec : Benedicte Adrian (Maria Vittoria), Graham Bickley (Bishop Daniel), Stig Rossen (Anton Fugger), Vivien Parry (Anna Regina), Sara Weymouth, Leo Andrew, Gay Soper, Jahn Teigen, Issy van Randwyck, Paul Gyngell, Derek Cullen, Michael McLean
Commentaires : Originally a concert piece performed in Bergen in 1987, this became a best-selling album in Scandinavia and was turned into a full-scale stage musical. However, the production was jaw-droppingly awful. The best remembered scene - the Act One finale - saw a stage full of flying devils, with huge flapping genitals, having graphic sex with many three-breasted witches. Despite package tours from Scandinavia and a much-publicised visit from King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, the show lasted just ten weeks. It received the most damning series of critical reviews anyone could remember. Some critics suggested it was Norway’s revenge for always coming bottom in the Eurovision Song Contest, especially since Jahn Teigen (legendary receiver of “nul point” in 1978 ) appeared as the Executioner with a song called “Who do you want to bum?”. According to Sheridan Morley in the “Herald Tribune”: “Years from now, stunned members of the first-night audience will be holding reunions to try to recall whether ‘Which Witch’ was really as appalling as it first appeared. It was, it was.”