The Orchid

First line:
There's a Yorkshire town, very bleak and brown
first performed on 28 October 1903 at the Gaiety Theatre
author of text
under the pseudonym Leslie Mayne

The Orchid (Gaiety, 28 October 1903) was the show that opened the new Gaiety Theatre in the Aldwych. It concerned the quest to preserve a rare orchid, with Gertie Millar playing Lady Violet Anstruther, principal pupil at a horticultural college. The setting for Act 2 is Nice, where Gertie Millar somehow contrived to appear in clogs and shawl to sing with Fred Wright junior (as Zaccary, a professional orchid hunter) the duet Liza Ann, designed to show off her northern roots.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2008


Monckton: Songs from the shows
CDA67654Archive Service


No 16: Liza Ann  There's a Yorkshire town, very bleak and brown
Track 11 on CDA67654 [3'43] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67654 track 11

Liza Ann
Recording date
3 July 2007
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Monckton: Songs from the shows (CDA67654)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: April 2008
    Deletion date: August 2013
    Archive Service