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A musical romance in 2 acts by Alan Melville; music by Charles Zwar.  Based on the play  by F.R. Pryor and L. Allen Harker.

Savoy Theatre, London - 27 May, 1959.  Transferred to the Saville Theatre 13th July, 1959.  Closed 1st August 1959 (77 perfs)


Madame Marly, the famous French actress, lives in a Highland manse, caring for her “secret” daughter, Marigold, who believes she is an orphan. Marigold goes absent, forsaking the wasp-ridden raspberry garden to see Queen Victoria's Edinburgh visit and to see a certain handsome Captain Archie Forsyth. With a comic Scottish aunt, Mrs Pringle, a text-quoting divinity student, Peter Gloag, and James Payton, a turnip loving suitor, the show features such delights as the whole company executing an elaborate Scottish Reel, and a scene where Captain Forsyth and his fellow officers get progressively more and more tipsy as they sample different liquors drinking a heath to Her Majesty.


Musical Numbers

  1. Romance at the Manse - Mrs Pringle & Chorus
  2. Love Can't Be Learned - Marigold & Chorus
  3. The New Bohemian Polka - Lt Duncannon, Captain Lumsden, Mordan, Major Sellar, Captain Innes & Chorus
  4. According to Mr Payton - Marigold, Mrs Pringle & Chorus
  5. Always Ask Your Heart - Archie Forsyth
  6. Princes Street - Marigold & Chorus
  7. Her Majesty's Health - Archie Forsyth & Chorus
  8. Wonderful View - Archie Forsyth & Marigold
  9. Reel - Chorus
  10. Present Day Youth - Company
  11. Reprise: Always Ask Your Heart - Archie
  12. Fashionable Pair - Marigold, Mrs Pringle & Chorus
  13. Finale