Ring Around the Moon by Jean Anouilh

Ring Around the Moon by Jean Anouilh

Isabelle, a poor ballet dancer, is hired by Hugo to appear at a great ball in an aristocratic country house to end his twin brother Frederic's infatuation with another woman. Here, Claire Bloom is Isabelle while Paul Scofield played the dual role as the twin brothers. In true Cinderella style, Isabelle triumphs over her patron and succeeds in making her appearance a success and also having both men fall in love with her.

The production was also notable for other star names, since the set and costumes were designed by Oliver Messel and it was produced by Peter Brook. Margaret Rutherford, who later went on to play in the film versions of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple stories, played the old wheelchair-bound aristocrat and Mona Washbourne played Isabelle's mother.

The critics regarded this as a lightweight play, closer to masque or variety. The plot was paper-thin and conventionally romantic while the songs gave the whole production the air of an Ivor Novello production rather than a French comedy.