Ring Round the Moon

by Jean Anouilh

adapted by Christopher Fry

April 2016

Directed by: Jonathan Lewis

A fairy-tale for grown-ups, ‘Ring Round the Moon’ is the story of ‘Cinderella’ in the style of Noel Coward.

It is 1950. In a large mansion somewhere in Burgundy, the formidable Madame Desmortes is throwing a grand ball for the cream of French aristocracy. Her scheming nephew, Hugo, has invited Isabelle, a poor ballet dancer, to the dance. His plan: to pass Isabelle off as a lady who will win the heart of his twin brother Frederic, currently engaged to the frosty heiress Diana Messerschmann. But on the stroke of midnight, magical things begin to occur…

 

Set in the mansion’s winter garden, ‘Ring Around the Moon’ is a sparkling comedy about romance, magic and the true value of money. Throughout, couples from the party spill out into the garden, fight, scheme, fall in and out of love under the twinkling lights, then dance back into the hall again. With a singing statue, the ghost of a little girl and butler who ages backwards, this is a story that’s not to be missed!

Gallery

Madame Desmortes
Madame Desmortes

hostess of the Ball Mary Hill

Madame Desmortes and her Nurse
Madame Desmortes and her Nurse

scanning the guest list

Nurse
Nurse

a brainwave on its way Eleanor Wilson

Hugo, Isabelle
Hugo, Isabelle

James Potter Amelia Gillen

Joshua the butler, Hugo
Joshua the butler, Hugo

John Hawker James Potter

Lady India
Lady India

displays her fishnets Phil Grainger

Patrice Bombelles
Patrice Bombelles

Simon Stephens

Patrice and Lady India
Patrice and Lady India

their tango moment

Mother and her daughter Isabelle
Mother and her daughter Isabelle

Bromwyn Jennison Amelia Gillen

waltzing at the Ball
waltzing at the Ball
Madame Rouge Gorges
Madame Rouge Gorges

she finds Romainville is not much of a dancer Robin Walton Richard Wood

Diana on the brink
Diana on the brink

Emma Buck

Romainville
Romainville

poised to propose marriage Richard Wood

Hugo and Isabelle
Hugo and Isabelle

they announce their engagement - Romainville appalled

Lady Myrtle, Young Diana, Mother
Lady Myrtle, Young Diana, Mother

Frances Padmore Naomi Richardson Bromwyn Jennison

The General
The General

John Drew

Hairdresser at work
Hairdresser at work

Christine Goodwin Emma Buck

Ladies of the Cast
Ladies of the Cast
... and the Gents
... and the Gents