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Produced by Mr. Seymour Hicks at the Aldwych Theatre, London, 19 March 1906.

Dramatis Personæ

LIEUT. RICHARD ALINGTON, R.N. Seymour Hicks
VISCOUNT BELLINGHAM William Lugg
LORD QUORN   (Betty's Cousin) Laurence Caird
MR. BEVERLEY   (an Actor) Stanley Brett
SIR TIMOTHY BUN   (of Bath) Murray King
HON. MORTIMER GORST Cecil Kinnaird
TATTERSAL SPINK Bert Sinden
HON. CHARLES TEMPLETON Reginald Kenneth
THE EARL OF ORPINGTON E. W. Royce
LEMON GOODGE   (Programme Boy at the Mascot Theatre) Master Valchera
MRS. ALINGTON   (Alington's Mother) Rosina Filippi
HON. DOROTHY QUORN   (Quorn's Sister) Barbara Deane
MISS TRULY ST. CYR   (an Actress) Maudi Darrell
MRS. GOODGE   (in service at Bellingham House) Sydney Fairbrother
LADY BUN   (Sir Timothy's Wife) Mollie Lowell
THE COUNTESS OF ORPINGTON   (neé Amelia van Paulk) Vera Morris
THE COMTESSE THERESE ROSEMERE Renee de Montel
LADY DELBECK Marguerite Leslie
COUNTESS OF CHANDON Georgie Read
JANE TOPIT   (Betty's Maid) Topsy Sinden
HOT BUN
ICED BUN
SPICE BUN
PLUM BUN
RICE BUN
CRUMB BUN
PENNY BUN
YOUNGEST BUN
CURRANT BUN
CROSS BUN
SEED BUN
HOME MADE BUN
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May Gates
Lillie McIntyre
Kitty Melrose
Claire Rickards
Hilda Harris
Marion Lindsay
Pauline Francis
Agnes Hodgkinson
Enid Leslie
Mabel Watson
Mabel Ellis
Elsie Kay
THE HON. BETTY SILVERTHORNE   (The Beauty of Bath) Ellaline Terriss

MIDI Files

ACT I   -   The Foyer of the Mascot Theatre, London   (on a First Night.)

  • No. 1 - Opening Chorus - "Cupid reigns forever, Love in Lord of all;  courtiers of his favour, bend we 'neath his thrall.  Send his praises ringing to the skies above...
  • "No. 2 - Entrance of the Bath Buns - "We are the Twelve Bath Buns, so they call us ev'rywhere;  and we would remark at once, if they like it, we don't care..."
  • No. 3 - Song - Sir Timothy and Chorus - "The first Sir Bun the title won by gallant deeds at Ramilies. (at Ramilies etc.) ..Since then the name has grown in fame..."
  • No. 4 - Song and Chorus - "In the heart of the west there's a city, a very proud city today, for it holds a fair maid who puts quite in the shade all the others.."
  • No. 5 - Song - Betty and Chorus - "How can you tell when a girl's in love? ... What sort of little girl?  Plain or society? ... Somebody like myself, we'll say ..."
  • No. 6 - Duet - Lemon and Mrs Goodge - "Oh, there are 'earts in Bloomsbury, in Bloomsbury the gay, that echo not the glad songs what piano-organs play..."
  • No. 7 - Finale Act I - "Good night and au revoir ... I'm dying to resume our conversation and meet again a gentleman for whom I entertain such admiration..."

    ACT II   -   The Ball Room of Bellingham House, London   (Next Evening.)

  • No. 8 - Opening Chorus - "Fair women of England, owes England to you the best that it holds of the good and the true. Since England was England, your beauty..."
  • No. 9 - Dance
  • No. 10 - Song - Dick and Chorus - "If on acquiring fame you're bent, take lessons on the drum ... Boom, boom, rub-a, rub-a dab, take lessons on the drum ..."
  • No. 11 - Song - "I wake up in the norning, not exactly with the lark;  that bird on toast at supper-time is nearer to my mark.  I read my correspondence while..."
  • No. 12 - Concerted Number - "When flying machines begin to fly, we never shall stay at home.  Away we'll skip on a half-day trip to Paris, perhaps, or Rome..."
  • No. 13 - Song - Betty and Chorus - "When I left school I had been taught so many things that oh! I thought I knew just ev'rything a little girl could know..." (5 verses)
  • No. 14 - Chorus - "Hail! Mister Beverly, Hail!  To say how we're all delighted, words, Mister Beverly fail.  So Beverly welcome, Hail, all Hail!  Mister Beverly, Hail! ..."
  • No. 16 - Duet - Spink and Jane - "Where do you come from, my pretty maid?  Zummerzetsheer Zur, Zummerzetsheer. And what are you seeking, my pretty maid?"
  • No. 18 - Song - Dorothy and Chorus - "Slow, slow, dreamily slow, whispers the waltz refrain.  Low, low, rhythmic and low, with a note of pleasure, a note of pain..."
  • No. 19 - Duet - Betty and Dick - "When a river of doubt or shyness parts a maid and a would-be wooer, a little Bridge, and a lead of hearts, may carry him safely..."
  • No. 23 - Song and Chorus (soloist not specified) - "A little boy was crying o'er a flower that was dying, a hyacinth that droop'd its lovely head..."
  • No. 24 - Song (singer not specified) - "By the flowing Zuyder Zee so blue, there's a little Dutch girl I love true;  Of my little Gretchen dear I'm dreaming all day..."

No. 23 was written by A. E. Sidney Davis and composed by Hermann E Darewski, Jun.
Song no. 24 was written by A. J. Mills and composed by Bennett Scott.

Nos. 15 and 20 were composed by Jerome D. Kern, and Nos. 17, 21 and 22 were written and composed by Frederic Norton, all subject to copyright.

External Link
Synopsis at The Guide to Musical Theatre
Vocal Score at the University of Rochester.
Terriss & Hicks Terriss Darrell
Ellaline Terriss &
Seymour Hicks
Ellaline Terriss Maudi Darrell

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