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BASHVILLE A Musical in 2 Acts.: Adapted by David William and Benny Green from the play The Admirable Bashville by George Bernard Shaw Music by Denis King. Lyrics by Benny Green Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2 August, 1983 until 24 August 1983 STORY The wealthy young heiress, Lydia Carew, bemoans her lonely existence on her large Wiltshire estate, unaware that part of her grounds have been rented out to the illustrious prizefighter Cashel Byron. By chance they meet and Cashel instantly falls in love with Lydia but is ashamed to reveal his illegal profession. Back in London Lydia discovers Cashel's secret and refuses to marry him until he relinquishes prizefighting and becomes a gentleman. Cashel's eloquent defence of his profession persuades Lydia to attend his forthcoming fight against Paradise. Her footman, Bashville, who is secretly in love with Lydia, is appalled that she consorts with such a man and surprises Cashel with a pugnacious parting shot! Initially the big Byron/Paradise match is conducted according to Queensbury Rules but when the contest collapses in chaos (due to the enthusiasm of a Zulu king!) Lydia retreats horrified to Wiltshire. Eventually all is happily resolved with the announcement that Cashel is of noble birth. He retires from prizefighting, wins Lydia and prophesies a great boxing future for Bashville. THE CAST: - M 10 F2. Extras • Lydia Carew - An heiress • Cashel Byron • Mellish - a trainer • Lucian - a cousin to Lydia • Bashville - a footman • Cetewayo - a Zulu King • Lord Worthington • Paradise - a boxer • Paradise's Trainer • Adelaide Gisbourne • Referee Company of Zulu Chieftens, maids, footmen, grooms, gardeners, costers, acrobats, nurse, vicar, vicar's wife, deaconess, boxers, trainers, etc. MUSICAL NUMBERS: 1. Prelude 2. Fancy Free 3. 8 - 9 - 10 4. Lydia 5. One Pair Of Hands 6. A Gentelman's True To His Code 7. Because I Love Her 8. Take the Road to the Ring 9. Hymn To Law and Order 10. Black Man's Burden 11. He Is My Son 12. Bashville 13. Boats Are Burned THE SCENES A glade : A conservatory : Islington Green : A glade DISCOGRAPHY: Original Cast Recording - TER 1072