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Fiddler on the Roof

10th – 14th October 2017, 7.30pm
Tuesday 10th October performance in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
The Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein. Set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905, it is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman), a series of tales by Sholem Aleichem.

The story centres on Tevye, a poor milkman with five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family's lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three eldest daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one's choice of a husband moving further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.

The original 1964 Broadway production of the show had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years until Grease surpassed its run. It remains Broadway's sixteenth longest-running show in history. The production won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score and Book. It spawned five Broadway revivals and a highly successful 1971 film adaptation, and the show has enjoyed enduring international popularity.

It is certainly an enchanting show, expressing themes of love, honour, oppression and anguish, which are as relevant and understandable now as they were when it was written.

Fiddler on the Roof

10th – 14th October 2017, 7.30pm
Tuesday 10th October performance in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
The Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein. Set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905, it is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman), a series of tales by Sholem Aleichem.

The story centres on Tevye, a poor milkman with five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family's lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three eldest daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one's choice of a husband moving further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.

The original 1964 Broadway production of the show had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years until Grease surpassed its run. It remains Broadway's sixteenth longest-running show in history. The production won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score and Book. It spawned five Broadway revivals and a highly successful 1971 film adaptation, and the show has enjoyed enduring international popularity.

It is certainly an enchanting show, expressing themes of love, honour, oppression and anguish, which are as relevant and understandable now as they were when it was written.

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Creative Team

Bob Hills

Director

Richard Abrams

Musical Director

Stephanie Walsh

Choreographer

Belinda Ogle-Skan

Production Manager/Assistant Director

Catherine Welch

Assistant Director

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Cast

Stuart Benjamin
Stuart Benjamin

Tevye

Rachel Howgego
Rachel Howgego

Golde

Hattie Rumsey
Hattie Rumsey

Tzeitel

Grace Hawker
Grace Hawker

Hodel

Matilda Wale
Matilda Wale

Chava

Tom Mullins
Tom Mullins

Motel

David Higgins
David Higgins

Perchik

Phil James
Phil James

Lazar Wolfe

Sue Roffe
Sue Roffe

Yente

Samuel Taunton
Samuel Taunton

Fyedka

Nicola Jee
Nicola Jee

Fiddler

LW & CW
Libby Walklett and Catherine Welch

Frumah Sarah and Grandma Tzeitel

AOS & EW
Alexandra Ogle-Skan and Emily Walklett

Bielke and Shprintze

DS, TC, ML, SM, DW
Dave Selwood, Tom Cox, Marta Leskard, Selwyn Morgan and Dave Walklett

Mordcha, Mendel, Shaindel, Rabbi and Avram

Ensemble

Helen Colledge, Geoff Cox, Julie Cox, Kate Crow, Anthony Dale, Teri Dale, Katherine Dipple, Cat Edmond, Steff Kingsley, Tirzah Kingsley, Ruth Paginton, Charlotte Paterson, Kim Pethybridge, Paula Read, Val Selwood, Paul Springate, Lisa Smith, Oliver Smith, Liz Souter, Lance Trodd, Hannah Walklett, Dan Wyatt

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