For The Circus Girl
(Gaiety, 5 December 1896) a major attraction was the set, featuring a Parisian circus ring viewed from behind. The plot, such as it was, involved confusion between the circus people and a bunch of English folk let loose in Gay Paree. Leading lady Ellaline Terriss’s big hit was Monckton’s lilting A simple little string
, whose currency extended to the ballroom, where it provided music for the ‘barn dance’.
from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2008