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The Toreador

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first performed on 17 June 1901 at the Gaiety Theatre
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No 18
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No 22 (under the pseudonym Leslie Mayne)

 
In The Toreador (Gaiety, 17 June 1901) Edmund Payne played Sammy Gigg, who in deepest Spain gets involved with a Carlist conspiracy and an attractive señora. He also manages to get dressed up as a toreador. It was, though, another comedian—Fred Wright junior as Pettifer, a dealer in wild animals—who in When I marry Amelia anticipates marriage to his blushing bride. The show’s big hit was Keep off the grass, Monckton’s first offering for Gertie Millar in the minor role of Cora Bellamy, a bridesmaid. This was the last show at the original Gaiety Theatre in the Strand before it was replaced by a new theatre in the newly constructed Aldwych.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2008

Recordings

Monckton: Songs from the shows
CDA67654Archive Service

Details

No 18: When I marry Amelia  Oh, when I marry my blushing bride
Track 8 on CDA67654 [4'14] Archive Service
No 22: Keep off the grass  When the children go to play
Track 9 on CDA67654 [3'44] Archive Service

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