Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Beyond The Fringe magazine photo and print ad, 1963

'Beyond The Fringe' was the landmark stage revue that kicked off the British satire boom of the 1960's.

Conceived in 1960 as a showcase for the best talents from the Cambridge Footlights and Oxford Revue, it served as the career launching pad for Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

Many of the performers coming out of British universities of that era had been influenced at a young age by
The Goon Show on BBC radio in the 1950's.

The members of 'Beyond The Fringe' were essentially the first out of the gate as that influence and the changing times led to comedic phenomenons like The Establishment, 'That Was The Week That Was', 'I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again', Monty Python, and many others.

By 1961, the 'Fringe' stage show had become a hit in London's West End.
Its success continued when it traveled across the Atlantic for the Broadway run that began in 1962.

The photo below ran in the February, 1963 issue of
The Tatler...

...The advertisement for the US version of the original cast LP appeared in the January, 1963 issue of Show magazine.

See also:
- Excerpts from the revue at Google Books

- Several clips from a 1964 performance taped for television, available at YouTube


Robert said...

Thanks for posting this - and especially for the great links. My first exposure to any of these artists was when I saw "Bedazzled" a few million years ago, but I've been in awe of Cook and Moore ever since. I was fortunate enough to see them perform live when they toured with "Good Evening", a follow-up of sorts to "Fringe". It was one of the greatest theatrical experiences of my life. Too bad they're both gone.

Frank Coleman said...

A huge pillar of my childhood. My copy of the BTF LP is signed by Miller. He directed some operas at Glimmerglass in Cooperstown and my parents are co-founders so we got to spend some time with him. Lovely, charming man and by all accounts a joy to work with.

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