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Bless the Bride


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Adapted for television and produced by Francis Essex.
[Starring] Brian Reece, Edmund Goffron and Sally Bazely
with Betty Paul, Edmund Donlevy and Anona Winn.

'Bless the Bride'
An Enchanting Musical at 8.30
In this, the most endearing of all musicals, A.P. Herbert presents us with the Willow family - of formidable size even by Victorian standards. Our interest is centred on Lucy, who is twenty and about to be married to the Honourable Thomas Trout. She would never dare to admit it, but she doesn't think that she loves Thomas, for, imprisoned within the impenetrable fortress of the family tree, she has never been kissed before.
On the very day before her wedding she discovers love. Not, unfortunately, from her affianced, but from a dashing French actor who sweeps her off her bewildered feet and, before the family can muster even a faint 'tally-ho', has carried her off to France.
From here on the complications are not over-serious, and it need only be said that sixty minutes later not only has true love won through, but the family emerges without undue loss of British dignity.
Throughout the play Vivian Ellis has generously sprinkled his pepperpot of musical genius. "This Is My Lovely Day", "I Was Never Kissed Before", "Ma Belle Marguerite", "Table For Two"-one need not continue.
Nine years ago I remember sitting enchanted by the stage production at the Adelphi Theatre, and I believe that our television adaptation has kept all the charm of the original, while lending to it the vast resources of two of the most modern studios in the country.
I recently sat in Sir Alan's study rather apprehensively while he read our script. "I see that in this scene you have given Pierre the word "moist to say", he said. He surely would not know that word. He would say "wet". "He turned a page". And here he says "bloom on the grapes"; would he know such an unusual English word?"
"But sir", I said, "the second is one of your own lines".
"Really", said Sir Alan. "In that case you may have your 'moist back'."
(Francis Essex)


Book and lyrics: A. P. Herbert
Music: Vivian Ellis
Orchestra and chorus conducted by: Eric Robinson
Adapter/producer: Francis Essex
Production numbers staged by: Tommy Linden
Designer: Fanny Taylor
Musical associate: William Hill-Bowen
Lucy Willow: Sally Bazely
Charlotte: June Clare
Cousin George: Jeremy Hawk
Alice: Pamela Harrington
Thomas Trout: Brian Reece
Frances: Elizabeth Trevor
Millicent: Hilary Paterson
Elizabeth: Margaret Ashton
Ann: Pamela Beezley
Pierre Fontaine: Edmund Goffron
Suzanne Valdis: Betty Paul
Augustus Willow: Edmund Donlevy
Mary Willow: Joan Young
Newspaper boy: John Rutland
Buttons: Tamba Allen
Albert Willow: Ernest Butcher
Harriet Willow: Katie Johnson
Flower girl: Petra Davies
Nanny: Anona Winn
Chief Gendarme: Guy Deghy
M. Frontenac: Robert Crewdson
M. Robert: Carl Bernard
Also appearing: John Adams
Also appearing: Mark Brackenbury
Also appearing: Richard Golding
Also appearing: Brian Tate
Also appearing: Lionel Wheeler
Dancers: Hubert Willis
Dancers: Mavis Ascot
Dancers: Jimmy Craigie
Dancers: Maureen Creigh
Dancers: Shelagh Dey
Dancers: Arthur Solomon
Dancers: Terence Theobald
Dancers: Ralph Wood
Dancers: Angela van Dreda

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