14/10/1970: Opening of the musical sex comedy "Lie Down, I Think I Love You" at the Strand Theatre (now known as the Novello Theatre), London. Described as the UK answer to "Hair", it survived just thirteen performances. The play featured Louise Clarke & Tim Curry (of Rocky Horror Picture Show fame).
LIE DOWN, I THINK I LOVE YOU London run: Strand, October 14th (13 Performances)
Music & Lyrics: Ceredig Davies
Book: John Gorrie
Director: John Gorrie / Geoffrey Cauley
Choreographer: Geoffrey Cauley
Musical Director: David Cullen
Producer: Daniel Rees
Cast: Tim Curry (Peter), Antonia Ellis (Kate), Ray Brooks (Tom), Vanessa Miles (Anna), Ray Davis, Malcolm Reynolds, Patricia Hammond.
Story: A strange kind of English version of "Hair", where a group of student-hippies, led by Tom and Anna, decide to "do their own thing", which apart from sex, drugs and nudity, includes putting a bomb on the top of the BBC's Broadcasting House. Tom's sister comes up from the country to see her gay brother and is shocked to find him presiding over a house full of drop-outs, but she still manages to appropriate Tom's boyfriend for herself.
Notes: John Gorrie, the original director and librettist, walked out of the show during rehearsals, and demanded that his name be taken off the posters and programmes.
(Info taken from "Over The Footlights")
Now that description did make me wonder about the kind of role that Louise was playing in that musical
And I presume Patricia Hammond is surely not our Patricia Hammond!?
Here are pictures of the Strand Theatre from 1988 and the original poster for the musical:
I was wondering if you knew. I even looked into my copy of the PP site and there was a reference to Patti Hammond regarding the musical, but it was no more than a mention of the name. I must say until yesterday I wasn't aware of the fact that Louise and Patti played together on stage in 1970.
It sounds from the other site rather as if Louise had dropped out of the show by the time it ran in October (your footlights listing doesn't have her in the cast list). A mirror article at the start of the year said she was just about to appear, but the production appeared troubled so maybe she was off the scene when it finally ran.
Apologies for OTing, but the reference to Georgie Fame is a bit of a puzzle as Patti's other musical, I can't find any reference to Georgie being in a stage musical.
Yeah I noticed she was missing from the Footlights listing. The Pan's People book says she was "in the cast" though. Another book, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Campy Cult Classic", also mentions "Pan's People dancer Louise Clarke". On the PP site, Gary Rose wrote in his biography for Louise that she "took to the West End stage when she landed a major role in the play Lie Down, I Think I Love You".
So all in all I think it's safe to assume that Louise actually played in that musical.
Patti was in the Junior school of the Royal Ballet at the same time Penny Fergusson was in the Ballet school proper (they were born 6 years apart). So Patti may well have known the dancer Louise replaced in Pan's People.
This is an interesting discussion but Louise would have been recording TOTP on that date, when they danced to The Carpenters (broadcast 15-10-70). I would have thought doing a play was a full time thing during its run (plus rehearsals beforehand), even if it was only short.
I think it's quite possible that Close To You was pre-recorded a couple of days earlier (clue: no audience!) before the new charts were announced (e.g. on Monday). That would also explain why this dance was performed at all given that the record had - surprisingly - gone down the charts from 6 to 8.
I can't imagine she would have returned if it turned into a multi-year West End/Broadway extravaganza.
While I'm dubious Louise's stage appearance ever happened due to the delays getting the show on the stage, it looks like Ruth had a similar furlough arrangement which did take place in mid '69 to choreograph a TV show, and possibly Andi had a similar deal when she fell pregnant (though for whatever reason she didn't return after the year).
Apologies for bringing this one up again but i wanted to satisfy my curiosity and found a more detailed cast list in The Stage dated 22-10-70, although not an encouraging outcome from a Louise perspective, although Patricia was playing a character called 'Patti', hmmm.
Yes, that seems to confirm that Louise wasn't involved in the play when it finally appeared; given its reception she was probably relieved.
Interesting Patricia became Patti for the show. The very well placed source who confirmed this is RF/L&C Patti also said Patti's other stage show was in a musical with Georgie Fame but I never found a musical with Georgie Fame in.
None at all unfortunately, as I think she was a jobbing dancer/model from around 1968 to 1976 (the Dougie Squires/Second Generation stuff I don't think was full time). To say she must have appeared in a lot of things there seems surprisingly little record of her over this period (the lie down record, the snowden pics and the '72 article you found, a couple of Second Generation vids); suspect she's lurking uncredited in a lot of places.