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The George Edwardes Musical Comedy Society's next event in the ongoing series of presentations of

'Forgotten Gaiety Musicals' which have included:


The Shop Girl, The Toreador, Our Miss Gibbs, The Girls of Gottenberg, The Messenger Boy, The Orchid, 

 A Runaway Girl , The Spring Chicken, The Circus Girl, A Gaiety Girl, San Toy, Dear Little Denmark,  A Chinese Honeymoon,  A Quaker Girl, The Beauty of Bath, The Cingalee, The Balkan Princess & The New Barmaid


 will be a read-through and sing-along, with audience participation, of:


The Mousme (1911)




A Musical Play in Three Acts by Alexander Mattock Thompson & Robert Courtneidge.

Lyrics by Arthur Wimperis & Percy Greenbank


Music by Lionel Monckton & Howard Talbot




Wednesday 13 September 2017



2.00 pm. for a 2.30 pm. start


At The Westminster Reference Library 35 St. Martin's Street, London WC2H 7HP


The event's location in the library makes the event unsuitable for people who need to rely on mobility aids inside the library


For seat reservations, the library should be contacted in person or by phone (020 7641 5250) or by e-mail to referencelibrarywc2@westminster.gov.uk

or

e-mail Geoff Porter on geoff.porter@uwclub.net

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A Whole Day Event devoted to the work of Arthur Wing Pinero, the Victorian playwright 

and his links with the musical comedy stage.


Arthur Wing Pinero


Wednesday 17 May 2017



10.30 - 11.30    Jenny Bloodworth on the work and career of Arthur Wing Pinero.

11.30 - 12.00    coffee/tea break

12.00 - 13.00    Ken Reeves on the musical comedy actor W.H.Berry

13.00 - 14.00    lunch break (own arrangements needed)

14.00 - 16.45    A re-creation of:


 "The Boy" (1917)


the boy


The Boy is a musical comedy with a book by Fred Thompson and Percy Greenbank (based on Arthur Wing Pinero's 1885 play, The Magistrate), music by Lionel Monckton and Howard Talbot and lyrics by Greenbank and Adrian Ross. The original production opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London in 1917 and ran for 801 performances – one of the longest runs of any musical theatre piece up to that time. It had successful foreign productions and tours. 

Act I

Mrs. Millicent Meebles, a remarried widow, habitually understates the age of her son, Hughie Cavanaugh, to make herself appear several years younger. Consequently, the 19-year-old lad is taken for a 14-year-old boy and appears to be precocious. Hughie, that "Sporty Boy", flirts with astonishing skill with his beautiful music teacher.

Act II

Hughie also precociously introduces his step-father, Mr. Meebles, a magistrate, to the nightclub in the Cosmos Hotel. They are followed by Millicent, who wishes to warn a friend not to divulge the boy's true age. When the nightclub is raided by the police, Mr. Meebles escapes without capture, having a comically difficult time.

Mr. Meebles arrives at court just in time to hear the case that results from the raid and must, as magistrate, sentence his wife and sister-in-law, Diana Fairlie (whose lover is Albany Pope), to incarceration. Fortunately, a fellow magistrate, Mr. Burridge comes to the ladies' rescue by over-ruling the sentence on a technicality. At home, Millicent confesses that she has exaggerated Hughie's age. All is forgiven.


The event is free but a donation of £5 is requested.


The event's location in the library makes the event unsuitable for people who need to rely on mobility aids inside the library



At The Westminster Reference Library 35 St. Martin's Street, London WC2H 7HP

For seat reservations, please e-mail: geoff.porter@uwclub.net
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