'Jack The Ripper’ was first adapted for the musical stage in 1974 and featured a score by leading actor
Ron Pember and book and lyrics by Pember with Denis De Marne. The musical reconstruction of the incidents relating to the historic East End murders of 1888 was told through the company of a Whitechapel Music Hall, a device that cleverly presented an atmospheric commentary on the murders as opposed to a historic re-enactment.
The production was first staged at London’s Players’ Theatre, opening on
June 25th 1974. Theatre impresario Larry Parnes subsequently transferred the production to
London’s Ambassadors Theatre in September 1974 followed by the
Cambridge Theatre in February 1975, earning a nomination for
‘Best Musical’ at the 1974 Evening Standard Theatre
Awards. In 1979 Broadway producer Elliot Martin debuted ‘Jack The Ripper’ in the United States at Providence’s Trinity Theatre. Today the production remains a popular choice amongst amateur theatre groups worldwide.
In February 1975 an original London cast album of the show was produced but would remain unreleased until now. 40 years after the show was last performed in the West End, Stage Door is pleased to release the original London cast album, digitally remastered from the master tapes.
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DATE: MARCH 30th, 2015