The Owl and the Pussycat Wen to See… is a musical play adapted from the verses and stories of Edward Lear by Sheila Ruskin and David Wood (who wrote the music and lyrics). The LP (Philips 6308022) was published in 1970 with a colourful hippy-style cover and features Harry Secombe (Narrator), Roy Castle (Owl) and Hattie Jacques (Pussycat): Side 1 & Side 2
The story, as told in the back cover:
- Owl & Pussycat set sail to find a ring & someone to marry them (THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT);
- THE LAND WHERE THE BONG TREES GROW
They meet the Dong with a luminous nose, who is sad because he has lost his Jumbly Girl (THE SONG OF THE DONG);
- THE HILLS OF THE CHANKLY BORE
Dong takes Owl & Pussycat to meet the Quangle Wangle, whose beaver hat is a hotel (THE QUANGLE WANGLE’S HAT). He takes them on a journey, accompanied by the Runcible Spoon to protect them from the villainous hungry Plum Pudding Flea (OFF WE GO). Dong meets Professor Bosh & joins his Plum Pudding Flea hunt (OFF WE GO — reprise);
- TORRIBLE ZONE — TREES OF SOFFSKY POFFSKY
The travellers have a rest but Runcible Spoon sleepwalks and the Plum Pudding Flea nearly catches them. They set a honey trap for him (HONEY SONG). It works! (I’M STUCK). He is nearly netted by Professor Bosh but escapes, leaving them stuck in the honey.
- PIGGYWIG’S WOOD
Owl, Pussycat & Quangle Wangle help the Piggywig who sells them the ring on the end of his nose. A sudden storm makes everyone hide (FROM THE STORM);
- GULF OF HANDEL
The mad Jumblies are washed ashore in their sieve (THE JUMBLIES SONG) & lick Professor Bosh & Dong out of the honey trap (HONEY SONG — reprise). Hearing there is an owl (Jumblies’ favourite food) on the island they rush off to find him, pursued by Professor Bosh. Dong has found his beloved Jumbly Girl once more (A SYLLABUB SEA);
- CITY OF TOSH — TURKEY HILL
Owl, Pussycat & Quangle Wangle find the Turkey’s house. The sleep-walking Runcible Spoon again saves them from the Plum Pudding Flea & they all meet the vicar (THE TURKEY’S SONG) who forgets the wedding service. Owl & Pussycat hope to be married soon (A SYLLABUB SEA — reprise) but the Jumblies arrive and attack Owl; the five-pound note saves him. Professor Bosh hurries to the scene but is accidentally knocked out by the Turkey. Dong & Jumbly Girl arrive & help sort out the muddle. Quangle Wangle suggests a celebration (THE WEDDING FEAST). The Plum Pudding Flea is caught in Professor Bosh’s net; Owl & Pussycat are married at last & everyone dances for joy (BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON).