- Cambridge Circus (comedy)
Cambridge Circus is a comedy revue that played in
Londonin 1963. Unfortunately the title sometimes confused audiences, as it was not actually playing at Cambridge Circus itself. (The original name of the revue was "A Clump of Plinths".)
Originally a Cambridge Footlights production, the show starred
John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, David Hatch, Chris Stuart-Clarkand Jo Kendall. Jonathan Lynnlater joined the cast when Chris Stuart-Clark left comedy to become a schoolteacher. The revue played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festivalin 1963before opening at West End in London on 10 July 1963.
radioversion of the revue was broadcast by the BBCon 30 December 1963. Originally intended as a one-off special, this went on to become a successful and long-running radio series called " I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again", which premiered in April 1964.
"Cambridge Circus" then toured
New Zealandin July and August 1964, ["From Fringe to Flying Circus" — 'Celebrating a Unique Generation of Comedy 1960-1980' — Roger Wilmut, Eyre Methuen Ltd, 1980.] where they recorded a television special and four radio shows [ [http://www.laughterlog.com/radio/rad-ccnz.HTM Laughter Log — New Zealand] ] which were eventually broadcast in November and December 1964.
Following their successful New Zealand tour, "Cambridge Circus" transferred to Broadway in September
1964and finally Off-Broadway. The revue was broadcast on television in the United Stateswhen the cast made an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Showduring October 1964, featuring some of the sketches. ["From Fringe to Flying Circus" — 'Celebrating a Unique Generation of Comedy 1960-1980' — Roger Wilmut, Eyre Methuen Ltd, 1980.] ["Footlights!" — 'A Hundred Years of Cambridge Comedy' — Robert Hewison, Methuen London Ltd, 1983.]
* [http://www.footlights.org/past/1963 "A Clump of Plinths"] - (later renamed "Cambridge Circus")
* [http://www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=3216 "Cambridge Circus"] - at the
Internet Broadway Database
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