Poppy

Previewed 25 September 1982, Opened 5 October 1982, Closed 19 March 1983 (in repertory) at the Barbican Theatre
Previewed 14 November 1983, Opened 22 November 1983, Closed 18 February 1984 at the Aldephi Theatre

Play, with songs, by Peter Nichols and Monty Norman. An exposure of Victorian, late 1900s, hypocrisy, racism, opium drug dealing, money worship and sexual repression of the time by using Victorian pantomime to tell the serious, and finally devasting, story of the single most profitable crop of the British East India Company.

Peter Nichols' other West End theatre plays include A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Passion Play, and Privates on Parade.

The cast at the Barbican Theatre featured Tony Church as the Emperor of China 'Emperor Tao-Kuan', Jane Carr as 'Queen Victoria', Stephen Moore as a manservant 'Jack Idle', Christopher Hurst and Andrew Thomas James as his horse 'Randy', Julia Hills as a schoolmistress 'Sally Forth', Sarah Finch and Noelyn George as her mare 'Cherry', Geoffrey Hutchings as the dowager Lady Whittington 'Lady Dodo', Geraldine Gardner as the squire 'Dick Whittington', Bernard Lloyd as a London merchant 'Obadiah Upward', Roger Allam as the Commissioner to Canton 'Lin Tse-Tsii', Brian Poyser as the Viceroy of Kwuantung 'Teng Tin Chen', and Susan Leong as his daughter 'Yo-Yo', with Sarah Berger, Jimmy Cassidy, Michael Gyngell, Tom Hunsinger, Seeta Indrani, Stewart Mackintosh, Sheila Mitchell, Ken Robertson, Gary Sharkey, Steve Simmonds, Susan Jane Tanner, David Whitaker, Jan Revere, and Antony Simons.

The cast at the Adelphi Theatre featured Ken Wynne as the Emperor of China 'Emperor Tao-Kuan', Nichola McAuliffe as 'Queen Victoria', David,Firth as a manservant 'Jack Idle', Christopher Hurst and Andrew Thomas James as his horse 'Randy', Janet Shaw as a schoolmistress 'Sally Forth', Andrea Chance and Samantha Hughes as her mare 'Cherry', Geoffrey Hutchings as the dowager Lady Whittington 'Lady Dodo', Antonio Ellis as the squire 'Dick Whittington', Alfred Marks as a London Merchant 'Obadiah Upward', John Watts as the Commissioner to Canton 'Lin Tse-Tsii', David Bacon as the Viceroy of Kwuantung 'Teng Tin Chen', and Sarah Lam as his daughter 'Yo-Yo', with Leo Andrew, Jimmy Cassidy, Julie Kirk, Julia Lintott, Stewart Mackintosh, Katie Randall, Tano Rea, Diane Simmons, Antony Simons, Philip Tsaras, Donald Waugh, Mark White, Wayne Aspinall, and Jan Revere.

Directed by Terry Hands and Ian Judge, with choreography by David Toguri (at the Barbican Theatre), choreography by Onna White (at the Adelphi Theatre), sets by Farrah, costumes by Alexander Reid, and lighting by Robert Bryan.

The first two preview performances at the Barbican Theatre on 23 and 24 September 1982 where cancelled, with the Opening Night remaining the same.