Iain Kerr

The Ten Goldberg & Solomon Years

April 1968 to June 1978 were the ‘Goldberg & Solomon’ international touring years. During this time, Iain Kerr and his talented lyric writing performing partner, Roy Cowen, took their celebrated two-man show – ‘GILBERT & SULLIVAN GO KOSHER’ – or what might have been had Gilbert & Sullivan been Jewish - throughout the U.K. on 3 tours.  In South Africa, the show, first booked for 8 weeks, ran for 8 months. As a result, a second tour played there.  Because of the success of initial visits to Salisbury and Bulawayo, the Rhodesian Arts Council booked the show to play a 20-town tour lasting 16 weeks.   In Australia the show was also an instant hit and played 3 national tours of state capitals including seasons for the Arts Councils of New South Wales through 28 towns (including Norfolk Island), 36 centres in Western Australia with 21 in Tasmania – making a total of 85 centres apart from all state capitals.  A tour of the USA was being planned but never took place due to the untimely death of Roy Cowen from a heart attack in Sydney in June 1978.

During the show’s busy 10-year schedule, three highlights took place:
(1) being featured at the Edinburgh Festival in 1969,
(2) a specially arranged matinee performance played exclusively for all members of the D’Oyly Carte Opera company who were also appearing in Manchester in April 1970 at the same time as Goldberg & Solomon!  All the principals, chorus members, orchestral players, stage crew and management filled the centre stalls of the Victoria Theatre, Salford for a never-to-be-forgotten riotous performance (photographed below) and

(3) the gala benefit performance of the show on Monday, October 15, 1973 in aid of Sadler’s Wells Benevolent Fund in the London Coliseum. It was then the only two-man show ever to play London’s largest theatre and that record still stands today.