|Written by Terence Frisby|
Date premiered 1966
Playwright Terence Frisby
Original language English
First performance 1966
Place premiered Gielgud Theatre
|Setting Sumptuous 1960s apartment|
There's A Girl In My Soup is a stage comedy written by Terence Frisby.
It opened on 30 May 1966 at the Golders Green Hippodrome and transferred soon after to the Globe Theatre. 'There's a Girl in My Soup' ran for six and half years until 1973 to become the longest-running comedy in the history of the West End. The play ran at The Globe Theatre for three and a half years, from March 1966 until 6 August 1969, when it transferred to the Comedy Theatre, opening there on 18 August 1969 and closing in 1973 after 2,547 performances.
It was unprecedented for a comedy to run for such a long time. This record was later broken by No Sex Please, We're British and then Run for Your Wife.
The show was directed by Bob Chetwyn and the first cast featured Donald Sinden, Barbara Ferris, Jon Pertwee and Clive Francis. The producer was Michael Codron. The record-breaking success of the show put Codron on the map as a producer. In June 1967 the role of Robert Danvers was taken over by Gerald Flood, who played the role until December 1968, when Peter Byrne took over for the rest of the run. The role of Andrew Hunter was played by William Franklyn, who was succeeded in June 1968 by Richard Coleman. The role of Marion was played by Belinda Carroll. At the Comedy Theatre the production starred Charles Tingwell, Gay Singleton and Richard Coleman. It was taken out on a tour of the UK in 1973, with Danvers reprised by Gerald Flood, who ultimately played the role for over 650 performances. During the tour Andrew was played by Laurence Payne and John Hart Dyke and Marion was portrayed by Katy Manning and Anne Aston.
Set in the glamorous world of the 1960s, it tells the story of a smooth-talking TV chef (based on "The Galloping Gourmet", Graham Kerr) Robert Danvers falls for a girl, Marion, who is half his age. She leaves her hippy boyfriend, Jimmy, to live with Danvers, but eventually returns to Jimmy, leaving Danvers bereft. It was in this play that the catchphrase, "My God, but you're lovely" was born, and these are the words with which the play ends, with Danvers looking into a mirror.
The show transferred to Broadway with Gig Young in the main role, where it also enjoyed success, but not on the same level as in the West End. It ran from 16 October 1967 to 27 July 1968.
In 1991, Marc Sinden (Donald Sinden's son) played his father's part (Robert Danvers) in the 25th anniversary production at the Mill at Sonning Theatre with Louise English as Marion and John Challis as Andrew and co-directed by the author Terence Frisby.
It was later made into a film (There's a Girl in My Soup) with Goldie Hawn and Peter Sellers, directed by Roy Boulting, for which Frisby won The Writers' Guild Of Great Britain Award for Best Screenplay in 1970. The film was also a financial success, but there are some who felt the magic of the play was lost by the charmless performance of Sellers.