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Musique: Noel Gay • Paroles: Arthur Rose • Douglas Furber • Livret: Arthur Rose • Douglas Furber • Production originale: 13 versions mentionnées
Résumé: Who turns out to be the long-lost heir to the Baronetcy of Hareford, its 17th Baron and 8th Viscount? Lambeth's own Cockney sparrow, Bill Snibson, that's who. He has his own girlfriend, Sally, but that won't stop gold-digger Lady Jacqueline. She ditches her dumbfounded boyfriend, Gerald, when Mr Parchester, the family solicitor, presents Bill to the flabbergasted family as the new son and heir. But Bill has still to win the family's approval to inherit the title - and the money. If he doesn't, he'll be given an annuity and sent away. The formidable Duchess is determined Bill should stay, insisting that all will be well and, with a little grooming, Bill will be suitable to inherit. There will be an official reception to introduce him to the county set. But Sally is not to be invited. Bill faces up to the Duchess - no Sally, no Bill. But Sally doesn't want to come anyway - not to a posh party. The party goes ahead and Sally turns up in full Cockney get-up complete with a posse of pearly kings and queens who perform the 'Lambeth Walk' to prove Bill doesn't belong. But they are all invited to the reception and go into dinner. Next day there's croquet on the lawn. In an effort to make him stay and take up his inheritance, the Duchess has persuaded Sally to tell Bill she no longer loves him. Sally does this, and slips out to an unknown destination. Bill, helped by Sir John and Parchester, is determined to find Sally (whom he still loves). He is urged on by a Ruddigore-like gallery of ghostly portraits of his ancestors. Back at her landlady's Sally decides to move on. She's got a telegram from Bill and must escape. However, Sir John arrives and has a cunning plan for her. When Bill arrives, her landlady says she's not there, but Bill waits. He expends all his energy on locating Sally and bringing her back. Sir John makes the Duchess soften her attitude towards Bill's beloved. Bill finally rejects Lady Jacqueline and she returns to Gerald. Bill is making to leave when Sir John enters with a new Eliza Doolittle - it's a posh Sally! The Duchess is delighted and Bill has his girl!
Création: 16/12/1937 - Victoria Palace Theatre (Londres) - représ.
Musique: Noel Gay • Paroles: Livret: Douglas Furber • Production originale: 1 version mentionnée
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Résumé: Samuel, Willie and their mother Maria Cloppitt are three members of the same Northern family who strike lucky and win the football pools. They splash out on holidays in London, Paris and the Tyrol, accompanied on some of their journey by Vivienne, a cabaret singer, and by Val and Vicky, a dance double-act met en route. In London they are in an illegal night-club which gets raided, and the boys have to disguise themselves as elderly spinsters in order to escape the police; at the Folies Bergere Maria gets to perform a ballet with the girls; in the Tyrol the boys get into lederhosen and a slapping routine; and in Africa they are press-ganged into the Foreign Legion, and only get away when Mum heads an army of rescuing chorus girls. When all the money is gone they return to Yorkshire and run the pub which Maria was canny enough to buy before they set out on their extravagant spending spree.
Création: 13/4/1938 - Shaftesbury Theatre (Londres) - représ.
Musique: Noel Gay • Paroles: Barbara Gordon • Basil Thomas • Frank Eyton • Leslie Gibbs • Livret: Stanley Lupino • Production originale: 4 versions mentionnées
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Résumé: Story: Three married couples in Hollywood: Film star Johnnie Stanton and his wife Jane Denver, film-writer Jimmie Blake and his wife Minnie Master, and film-director Tony Merrick and his wife Bonnie Drew are struggling to finance their latest film, when an offer comes from rival film-maker, Samuel T. Kelly. He will pay for their film in return for the loan of Jane Denver to star in Kelly’s production of “Reaching for the Moon”. Jane doesn’t like the idea of working for another studio, and then a stranger arrives liberally throwing bank-notes around, and announces he is the author of “Reaching for the Moon” and retains all the screen rights. Samuel T. Kelly is forced to withdraw, and both films will be financed for Tony Merrick and his colleagues.
Création: 21/10/1943 - Victoria Palace Theatre (Londres) - 324 représ.