AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT



Composer: Donald Swann
Lyricist: Michael Flanders

Opened: October 2, 1963, Haymarket Theatre, London; October 29, 1965, Globe Theatre, London (followinga tour of Australia and New Zealand after the Haymarket run); December 27, 1966, Booth Theatre, NYC
Performances: ? (London); 105 (New York City)

Note: Only numbers not found on the original London cast album lp are noted below.


Armadillo Idyll (aka "The Armadillo"):

1. The Bestiary Of Flanders And Swann, Angel (S) S-36112 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued in The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]
2. From Mud to Mandalay, Polydor/ Select 2460 267 (Ian Wallace with Courtney Kenny, piano) [reissued on Mud Glorious Mud, CD/Hallmark 306732]
3. Alphabetaphon 1, CAS/Albert House Cassettes AHC 2 (Donald Swann, piano and voice)
4. An Evening Of Flanders & Swann, CD/Dress Circle SMBCD01 (Stefan Bednarczyk)
5. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) (unreleased track from AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT)


Bilbo's Song (L: J. R.R. Tolkein) (used in at least the New York production):

1. Alphabetaphon 1, CAS/Albert House Cassettes AHC 2 (Donald Swann, piano and voice) ("Bilbo's Last Song" which is presumbly what was sung in New York0)
2. Amiscellany, CD/Nimbus Records NI 5342 (John Amis & Donald Swann, vocals, with Donald Swann, piano) ("Bilbo's Last Song")
3. Classic Children's Songs, CD/Just Accord Music JUSCD003 (Roderick Williams with Iain Burnside, piano) ("Bilbo's Last Song")
Presumably, this song appears on the albums Poems And Songs Of Middle Earth, Caedmon Records TC 1231 (William Elvin & Donald Swann) [reissued on cassette as part of the J.R.R. Tolkein Collection box set], although it is not separately tracked.


Bring Back The Birch (used in at least the Haymarket Theatre production):

1. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) (unreleased track from AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT)


Built Up Area (used in at least the London productions):

1. More Out Of The New Hat, 45EP/Parlophone (S) GEP-8900 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued on Tried By The Centre Court, EMI NTS-116; The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]


Commonwealth Fair (previously used in the Australian tour of AT THE DROP OF A HAT; used in at least the Globe Theatre and New York productions of AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT):

1. Tried By The Centre Court, EMI NTS-116 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued in The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]
2. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) (Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide, November 6, 1964)


Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Cha Cha Cha (added to the run of AT THE DROP OF A HAT and/or AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT from time to time):

1. Tried By The Centre Court, EMI NTS-116 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued in The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]
2. An Evening Of Flanders & Swann, CD/Dress Circle SMBCD01 (Stefan Bednarczyk)


The Elephant (previously used in at least the Fortune Theatre production of AT THE DROP OF A HAT; used in at least the New York production of AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT):

1. The Bestiary Of Flanders And Swann, Angel (S) S-36112 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued in The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]
2. Wallace's Private Zoo, 45EP/Parlophone GEP8581 (Ian Wallace with Donald Swann, piano) [reissued on The Best of Ian Wallace, CD/EMI 7243 8 28370 2 2]
3. From Mud to Mandalay, Polydor/ Select 2460 267 (Ian Wallace with Courtney Kenny, piano)[reissued on Mud Glorious Mud, CD/Hallmark 306732]
4. An Evening Of Flanders & Swann, CD/Dress Circle SMBCD01 (Stefan Bednarczyk)
5. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) (Fortune Theatre, March 24, 1958, 400th performance)


Food For Thought (used in at least the New York production):

1. Tried By The Centre Court, EMI NTS-116 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued in The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]


Guide To Britten (used in AIRS ON A SHOESTRING and added to at least the London production of AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT):

1. And Then We Wrote: A Review of Revues, EMI EMCM 3088 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued on Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012]
2. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Max Adrian, Denis Quilley, Peter Reeves, Charles Ross & Bernard Hunter with John Pritchett & Kenneth Broadberry, pianos, and Chris Blacks, drums)
3. An Evening Of Flanders & Swann, CD/Dress Circle SMBCD01 (Stefan Bednarczyk)


The Hundred Song (added to the run of AT THE DROP OF A HAT and/or AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT from time to time):

1. Tried By The Centre Court, EMI NTS-116 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued in The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]
2. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) (O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, March 9, 1961)
3. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) (demo)


In The Bath (previously used in at least the New York production of AT THE DROP OF A HAT; used in at least the Haymarket production of AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT):

1. More Out Of The New Hat, 45EP/Parlophone (S) GEP-8900 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued on Tried By The Centre Court, EMI NTS-116; The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]
2. At The Drop Of A Hat, Angel (S) S-35797 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued on Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012]
3. The King's Singers Sing Flanders & Swann And Noel Coward, EMI (S) EMC 3196 (The King's Singers)
4. An Evening Of Flanders & Swann, CD/Dress Circle SMBCD01 (Stefan Bednarczyk)


Introduction (used in at least the Haymarket Theatre production):

1. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) (unreleased track from AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT)


Nursery Rhymes (Nicky & Neddy; Currency Reform; Pop Goes The Weasel) (used in at least the Haymarket Theatre production):

1. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) (unreleased track from AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT)


The Ostrich (used in at least the Haymarket production):

1. The Bestiary Of Flanders And Swann, Angel (S) S-36112 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued in The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]
2. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) (unreleased track from AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT)
3. Radio Orwell, RO LP1003 (Olive Quantrill Singers & Junior Singers conducted by Olive Quantrill with Frank Davies, organ; Stephen Henderson, percussion; Ray Far, trumpet; and Donald Swann, piano)
4. At The Drop Of A Hippopotamus, CD/Infinite Number Of Monkeys INOMCD1 (Tim FitzHigham and Duncan Walsh Atkins)
5. Sing Me A Song With Social Significance… Or Not, CD/CPW100 (Nancy Stearns with Gregory Toroian, piano, and David Finck, bass)


P** P* B**** B** D****** (used in at least the Globe Theatre and New York productions):

1. Tried By The Centre Court, EMI NTS-116 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued in The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]


Paris (previously used in at least the New York production of AT THE DROP OF A HAT and possibly used in AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT from time to time):

1. Tried By The Centre Court, EMI NTS-116 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued in The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]


Play-In (medley including music from Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony) (used in at least the Haymarket production):

1. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) (unreleased track from AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT)


Prehistoric Complaint (used in at least the New York production):

1. And Then We Wrote: A Review of Revues, EMI EMCM 3088 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued on Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012]


Say Who You Are (L: Sidney Carter) (previously added to the New York production of AT THE DROP OF A HAT; added to at least the Haymarket and Globe Theatre productions of AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT):

1. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) (Haymarket Theatre, London, March 12, 1964)


Sea Fever (previously used in at least the New Lindsey Theatre Club production and the New York production of AT THE DROP OF A HAT; used in at least the London production of AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT):

1. More Out Of The New Hat, 45EP/Parlophone (S) GEP-8900 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued on Tried By The Centre Court, EMI NTS-116; The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]
2. An Evening Of Flanders & Swann, CD/Dress Circle SMBCD01 (Stefan Bednarczyk)


The Sloth:

1. The Bestiary Of Flanders And Swann, Angel (S) S-36112 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued in The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]
2. Let Me See You Smile, Erase (S) EO697 (Courtney Kenny)
3. The King's Singers Sing Flanders & Swann And Noel Coward, EMI (S) EMC 3196 (The King's Singers)
4. Try to Remember, Columbia (S) CS 9179 (The Brothers Four)
5. From Mud to Mandalay, Polydor/ Select 2460 267 (Ian Wallace with Courtney Kenny, piano)
6. Alphabetaphon 3, CAS/Albert House Cassettes AHC 4 (Donald Swann, piano and voice)
7. An Evening Of Flanders & Swann, CD/Dress Circle SMBCD01 (Stefan Bednarczyk)
8. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) (unreleased track from AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT)


Take Me Back To Byker (L: Sidney Carter) (added to the Fortune Theatre production of AT THE DROP OF A HAT; used in at least the Haymarket production of AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT):

1. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) (unreleased track from AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT)


There's A Hole In My Budget (added to the New York production and possibly used in other productions from time to time):

1. And Then We Wrote: A Review of Revues, EMI EMCM 3088 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued on Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012]


A Transport Of Delight (revised version) (used in at least the Haymarket production):

1. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) (Haymarket Theatre, London, March 12, 1964)


Twenty Tons Of T.N.T. (used in at least the Globe Theatre and New York productions):

1. 45/Capitol Records 5884 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued in The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]
2. Alphabetaphon 3, CAS/Albert House Cassettes AHC 4 (Donald Swann, piano and voice)


Twice Shy (used in at least the Globe Theatre and New York productions):

1. Tried By The Centre Court, EMI NTS-116 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued in The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]


The Whale (aka "Mopy Dick") (previously used in the London productions of AT THE DROP OF A HAT; used in at least the New York production of AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT):

1. The Bestiary Of Flanders And Swann, Angel (S) S-36112 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued in The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]
2. Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) (New Lindsey Theatre, January 13, 1957)


The Wompom (previously used in at least the New York production of AT THE DROP OF A HAT; used in at least the London production of AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT):

1. At The Drop Of A Hat, Angel (S) 35797 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued on Hat-Trick, CD/EMI 5078012]
2. The Bestiary Of Flanders And Swann, Angel (S) S-36112 (Michael Flanders and Donald Swann) [reissued in The Complete Flanders & Swann, CD/EMI CDFSB 1]
3. The King's Singers Sing Flanders & Swann And Noel Coward, EMI (S) EMC 3196 (The King's Singers)
4. An Evening Of Flanders & Swann, CD/Dress Circle SMBCD01 (Stefan Bednarczyk)


Unrecorded Songs:

Friends (unless an alternate title for "Friendly Duet," this was added to the New York production and possibly used in other productions from time to time)
I Sit By The Fire (added to the New York production and possibly used in other productions from time to time)
Lovely War (used in at least the Globe Theatre production)
Motor Perpetuo (used in at least the Globe Theatre and New York productions)
More Songs For Our Time (used in at least the New York production and possibly in other productions from time to time)
The Rat Race (used in at least the London production)

Given the fluid nature of the show, it is possible that other material from AT THE DROP OF A HAT or from Flanders and Swann's Beastiary was used in certain productions of this show. Indeed, it is known that at least "Kokoraki" and "Madeira, M'Dear?" were reused in the London production of AT THE DROP OF ANOTHER HAT.