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BETTY A musical play in 3 acts by Frederick Lonsdale & Gladys Unger : Lyrics by Adrian Ross & Paul A Rubens Music by Paul A Rubens : Additional numbers by Ernest Steffan and Merlin Morgan Daly’s Theatre 24 April, 1915 (391 perfs) Globe Theatre, New York - 2 October, 1916 (63 perfs) THE STORY: The Duke of Crowborough arrives at the home of his somewhat profligate son demanding of him that he ceases his philandering and settle down with a wife and take on some responsibility. Gerard, drunk and affronted in front of his friends responds to his father’s scathing criticism by proposing to Betty, the kitchen maid. They two are wed and Gerard, believing himself now to be free of his father’s threats arranges to send Betty away so that he might continue with the lifestyle which he has, up till now, been enjoying. The Duke however, is not so easily deceived. He arranges that the whole of Gerard’s allowance shall be payable to his wife so that Gerard is dependent upon her. Slowly, Betty, who has already charmed her way into being accepted by the society into which she has wed, wins the heart of her husband and all ends well. MUSICAL NUMBERS: Act I • High Life - Opening Chorus • The Duchess of Dreams - Betty and Alf • I Love the Girls - Gerard, Chicquette and Dolly • Jotte - Jotte with Alf • Cinderella - Betty Act II • We’ve Got Some Work To Do - Madrigal • It’s A Beautiful Day Today - Gerard • Opposite the Ducks - Jotte • That’s Done - Gerard, David, Victor & Cedric • Can It Be Love? - Betty • Toddle Along - Estelle and Jotte • If It Was True - Betty and Gerard • We Ought To Combine - Lord Playne, Jotte and David Act III • Come To Me - Jotte • The Right Side and the Wrong Side - Estelle and Jotte • Dance With Me - Betty and Gerard SYNOPSIS OF SCENES ACT 1 - Earl of Beverley’s House in Regent’s Park ACT 2 - Gardens of the same - the next morning. ACT 3 - Farnham Towers. CAST: • Gerard, the Earl of Beverley • The Duke of Crowborough (his father) • The Hon. Victor Halifax • Charles Otway • Lathers • Hillier • Cedric • Alf • Achille Jotte (Court Dressmaker) • Lord Playne • Estelle • Lady Playne • David Playne (Lord Playne’s nephew) • Jane • Betty