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The Talk of the Town is a musical comedy in two acts by Seymour Hicks with lyrics by Charles H. Taylor. The music is by Herbert E. Haines with additional numvers by Hamish McCunn and Evelyn Baker. It was produced at the Lyric Theatre, London, on 5 January 1905.

Dramatis Personæ

JERRY SNIPE   (a man in possession) Mr. Walter Passmore
LIEUT. REGGIE DRUMMOND
LIEUT. THE DUKE OF TOFFORD
LIEUT. DORDELL
LIEUT. RAGLAN
LIEUT. LOGAN
LIEUT. H. ST. GEORGE
LIEUT. DONNETHORN
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(1st Squadron of Lancer Brigade, quartered at Windsor) {
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Mr. Henry A. Lytton
Mr. Robert Evett
Mr. Powis Pinder
Mr. Chas. Childerstone
Mr. Robert McGrath
Mr. Vernon Davidson
Mr. Ernest Arundale
COL. SIR CHAS. NIGHTINGALE, BART. Mr. Tom Graves
LIEUT. RICHARD HAMBLEDON   Mr. Arthur Harrold
  (2nd Squadron of the Lancer Brigade, quartered in India)
'ARRY BIFF   (a Heavy-Weight Champion) Mr. Akerman May
PRIVATE BELSEY   (Drummond's Soldier Servant) Mr. Reg Crompton
ERNEST ENGLISH
FRANK ENGLISH
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(two Dutch Money Lenders) {
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Mr. M. R. Morand
Mr. Stanley Brett
CYRIL SLIPP   (a man Milliner, known as Matilda) Mr. A. Boielle
J. OCHLETREE ORR   (an American Solicitor) Mr. Frank Ellington
FIRST FOOTMAN Mr. J. Gordon
GWENDOLINE SNIPE Miss Edith Jurman
BERT SNIPE
IMOGEN SNIPE
JACK SNIPE
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(Snipe's Children, ranging from 10 to 12) {
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Master J. Healy
Miss Alice ValCeeza
Master P. Healy
LA PA POO
JUBBY WUDDY AH
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(Hambledon's two Indian Soldier Servants) {
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Mr. E Torrence
Mr. Rudolph Lewis
MADAME MODISTE   (whose real name is Elizabeth Biff) Miss Maudi Darrell
ELLALINE LEWIN   (a Schoolgirl Protegée of Lady Nightingale) Miss Agnes Fraser
LADY NIGHTINGALE   (Wife of Sir C. Nightingale) Miss Annie Esmond
MARJORIE NIGHTINGALE
MABEL NIGHTINGALE
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Miss Gertrude Thornton
Miss Lydia West
GERALDINE EVELYN SNIPE   (Snipe's Wife) Miss Sydney Fairbrother
JUNE   (a Gipsy Girl) Miss Olive Morrell

MIDI Files

ACT I   -   The Gardens of Arundel Lodge, near Windsor.   Summertime.

  • No. 1 - Opening Chorus - "Arundel Lodge for sale, Arundel Lodge for sale..." etc. etc. "Another young man on the rocks ... the old, old tale of the pace that kills..."
  • No. 2 - Song - Mabel and Chorus - "Is there anyone here who wants a wife?  Any gentleman who has not one is offered a partner now for life;  in the catalogue..."
  • No. 3 - Song - Snipe - "I am married, as you see, and a man of family - this is my little brood.   And for ev'rything we gits we've to exercise our wits..." (5 verses)
  • No. 4 - Song - Topford - "Life's a game of Roulette, Roulette;  All is fair, Pair impair,   Foolish you if you let, you let your heart despair while the ball is rolling..."
  • No. 5 - Creditors' Number
  • No. 6 - Duet - Ernest and Frank - "We are the Brothers English 'One-five-three-six-O bank'.  Our christian names describe us: ... I'm Ernest ... I am Frank..."
  • No. 7 - Song - Reggie - "I've tried to keeping wicket up; have gone the pace with the best of them;  On sport I'm keen, and think I've been as lively as the rest..."
  • No. 8 - Song - Elizabeth Biff and Chorus - "Little girlie wants a hat, something stylish, cheap at that.  If she buys a ready-made, lots of money must be paid..."
  • No. 9 - Song - Mrs. Snipe and Chorus - "Of evenin' when ev'rythin' was tidied, an' pots an' pans was shinin' on the shelf, before they rang for supper to be sided..."
  • No. 10 - Song - Ellaline and Schoolgirls - "Behold us simple school girls;  when once a week we go to church, we look so innocent all standing in a row..."
  • No. 11 - Chorus - "Hail to Hambledon!  He comes from over the sea, to help a friend in need;  Can anything exceed such noble hearted generosity..."
  • No. 12 - Song - Snipe - "When I was out in Bombay, out in Bombay on the Nile, I was quite the Maharajah with a turban for a tile.  I'd a harum-scarum harem..."
  • No. 13 - Finale Act I - "Arundel lodge is saved!  Arundel lodge is saved!  Reggie pluckily gambled on the opportune coming of Hambledon, who nobly has behaved."

ACT II   -   At Madame Modiste's, Regent Street.

  • No. 14 - Opening Chorus - "To look at the dresses and things of Modiste is to find your expenditure largely increased; for there's ever on view a perpetual feast..."
  • No. 15 - Song - Ellaline - "We busy little shop girls work hard the whole week through, so what a boon the afternoon when we get off at two.  We all appear..."
  • No. 16 - Song - Topford - "Two eyes, the windows of her heart, 'neath little soft brown curls a-cluster;  two eyes, where sometimes tear-drops start..."
  • No. 17 - Chorus of Laplanders - "Oh...!  Oh...!  In the land of snow, in the long ago, there dwelt a little Eskimo, and ev'ry eve to her snow hut came an ardent lover..."
  • No. 18 - Song - Reggie & Chorus - "Away in the land of the sunbeam, where care cannot live for a day, where the Pierette beguiles her brave Pierrot with smiles..."
  • No. 19 - Song - Snipe - "If I were Vanderbilt, I'd show them how to spend my cash;  I'd drop into Society and make a fearful splash.  I'd stand in with the House..."
  • No. 20 - Song - Elizabeth Biff - "Tina Schwartz goes breaking hearts, mit a shmart leedle Deutscher dress on.  All day in der shop of her shtoudt old Pop..."
  • No. 21 - Song (singer unknown) - "Oh when I was a maiden of twenty and three I wooed by a Scotchman from bonny Dundee.  From the day we were married..."
  • No. 22 - Racing Number - "The moment has come for the race for the Cup, and they're clearing the course, and the numbers are up;  and a murmur arises..."
  • No. 23 - Finale - "Tina Schwartz, she's a leedle holy terror ven she shtarts.  She murmurs Guten Tag, puts der sausage in a bag and the check-till goes ting, ting."

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