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'Meet the Prince'


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A Musical Comedy
Adapted from a P. G. WODEHOUSE story by JOHN WATT
Lyrics by HENRIK EGE
Orchestral arrangements by SYDNEY BAYNES
Characters :
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Most of the action of the play takes place on the Island of Mervo in the Mediterranean
Conducted by SYDNEY BAYNES
Produced by JOHN WATT
This is a musical adaptation for broadcasting of P. G. Wodehouse 's story, ' The Prince and Betty ', which is a simple little love story packed in a tight little plot. The hero, John Maude , has been brought up by an uncle in ignorance of the fact that he is really Prince John, rightful Prince of Mervo, an island in the Mediterranean, which has declared itself a republic and which an unscrupulous financier, Benjamin Scobell , has tried to turn into a second Monte Carlo without immediate success. The idea occurs to Scobell to gain publicity by making Mervo a monarchy again ; to which end he sends for the prince and decides to marry him to his stop-daughter Betty. It is authentic ' Wodehouso ' that John Maude , or the Prince, should already have met and fallen in love with Betty. But that is the beginning, not the end of the story, for P. G. Wodehouse 's apparent simplicity is never artless. His craft and that of his adaptor go to the making of that rara avisa musical comedy with a plot. The lyrics aro delightful : especially the opening chorus of a smart-set ' do ' -' What a crowd ! What a crush ! What a party ! ' and the duet by John and Betty—' Somehow, I feel love can't be real'.


Unknown: G. Wodehouse
Story By: John Watt
Music By: Kenneth Leslie-Smith
Unknown: Henrik Ege
Arrangements By: Sydney Baynes
Conducted By: Sydney Baynes
Produced By: John Watt
Unknown: P. G. Wodehouse
Unknown: John Maude
Unknown: Benjamin Scobell
Unknown: Monte Carlo
Unknown: John Maude
Unknown: P. G. Wodehouse
John Maude: Esmond Knight
Della Morrison: Polly Walker
Betty Silver: Adele Dixon
Lord Arthur Hayling: Ewart Scott
Mr. Morrison (Delia's father): Sydney Keith
Edwin Crump.: Bernard Ansell
Benjamin Scobel.: Davy Burnaby
Marian Scobel (his sister): Floy Penrhyn
General Poineau: C. Denier Warren

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