A Runaway Girl
(Gaiety, 21 May 1898) starred Ellaline Terriss as orphan Winifred Grey, who runs away from her Corsican convent to escape a promised marriage. She falls in with a group of bandits-cum-wandering minstrels and falls in love with another of its temporary members, who needless to say turns out to be the promised husband-to-be. The show opens in a wood outside Winifred’s convent, where she confesses to an addiction to tobacco in the charming The sly cigarette
. Then, in Venice in Act 2, she offers the incidental The boy guessed right
. Like other Gaiety shows, this too played in Austria, Hungary and Germany, as well as around the English-speaking world.
from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2008