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The Belle of Mayfair is a musical comedy composed by Leslie Stuart with a book by Basil Hood, Charles Brookfield and Cosmo Hamilton. The story is inspired by the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet. The original production opened at the Vaudeville Theatre in London on 11 April 1906 where it ran for 431 performances.

Dramatis Personæ

THE EARL OF MOUNT HIGHGATE Mr. Sam Walsh
HONOURABLE RAYMOND FINCHLEY  (his Son) Mr. Farren Soutar
SIR JOHN CHALDICOTT, BART., M.P. Mr. Arthur Williams
HUGH MEREDITH Mr. Courtice Pounds
COMTE DE PERRIER Mr. Charles Angelo
DOCTOR MARMADUKE LAWRENCE  (Bishop of Brighton) Mr. Charles Troode
CAPTAIN THEOBALD
CHARLIE GOODYEAR
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(Friends of Raymond) {
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Mr. Mervyn Dene
Mr. Philip Desborough
BANDMASTER Mr. T. A. Shale
SIMPSON
GREGORY
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(Footmen to Sir John Chaldicott) {
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Mr. W. Pringle
Mr. Norman Ridley
FRANÇOIS Mr. Murri Moncrieff
BRAMLEY  (Footman to Lord Mount Highgate) Mr. C. A. Cameron
BAGSTOCK  (Gardener to Sir John Chaldicott) Mr. John Blankley
H.S.H. PRINCESS CARL OF EHRENBREITSTEIN Miss Louie Pounds
THE COUNTESS OF MOUNT HIGHGATE Miss Irene Desmond
LADY CHALDICOTT Miss Maud Boyd
LADY ROSALINE ROCKESLY Miss Ruby Ray
LADY VIOLET GUSSOP Miss Jan May
THE DUCHESS OF DUNMOW Miss Camille Clifford
LADY JAY
LADY PAQUIN
LADY LOUISE
LADY LUCILLE
LADY PETER ROBINSON
LADY HAYWARD
LADY SWAN
LADY EDGAR
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Miss Hilda Hammerton
Miss Kitty Harold
Miss Dora Glennie
Miss May Hobson
Miss Kitty Dale
Miss Florence Randle
Miss Ivy Desmond
Miss Helen Colville
PINCOTT  (Julia's Maid) Miss Lillian Digges
SOPHIE Miss Stella de Marney
MISS CORRIE FAY Miss Vivien Vowles
JULIA CHALDICOTT Miss Edna May

MIDI Files

ACT I   -   Bazaar in a Private Park.

  • No. 1 - Opening Chorus - "Young ladies we of high degree; we've got to play for one little day at shopping, and cry 'Who'll buy? Who will buy?'..."
  • No. 2 - Song - Pincott and Girls - "Bells are such a trouble, ringing all the day!  When I'm curliing my Sunday feathers, Master rings for his patent leathers..."
  • No. 3 - Song - Lord Mount Highgate - "I am a military man, my glory's now abated ... Oh! tootle the cornet and rattle the drum ... Don't go to battle any more..."
  • No. 4 - Debutantes' Chorus - "Though we have never been to Court, a lot of sport we get;  we find a heap of fun about, though we're not 'out' as yet..."
  • No. 5 - Song - Julia and Girls - "In gay Mayfair I'm well aware most maidens are contented;  but some are not, their loveless lot is driving them demented..."
  • No. 6 - Song - Raymond - "What makes the woman? is the question of the day, of the secret of her magic spell, who can tell?  Who can tell? ..."
  • No. 7 - Song - Lady Chaldicott and Comte de Perrier - "Said a maiden to a matron: 'As you're now my chaperone, you must tell me what to do, or leave alone ...'"
  • Nos. 8 & 9 - Chorus of Welcome, and Song - Princess - "Hail her Serenity, hail the Princess!  Coming to open our charming Bazaar.  Let the popular press..."
  • No. 10 - Song - Julia - "Tomorrow, tomorrow is a day that will never come;  it is the lovers' holiday, when ev'rything is bright and gay.  Tomorrow will sorrow..."
  • No. 11 - Song - Meredith - "Let your heart go maying where your Youth is straying;  heed not any saying, 'What will the world say - how will it end?'..."
  • No. 12 - Song - Julia, Princess, Raymond and Meredith - "There's going to be a wedding in Hanover Square;  the best of all the best set are sure to be there."
  • No. 13 - Finale - "Authority parental you defy, with yonder detrimental you would fly, I shall duly disinherit you precisely as you merit, you will probably regret it..."

ACT II   -   Drawing-room in Sir John Chaldicott's House.


External Links
The Belle of Mayfair at Wikipedia
The Belle of Mayfair at The Guide to Musical Theatre
Vocal Score at UR Research

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