A Musical Play in Three Acts by EDWARD
Lyrics by HARRY GRAHAM
Music by HAROLD FRASER SIMSON
Composer of ' The Maid of the Mountains,'
' The Southern Maid,' etc.
Characters in order of their speaking :
It is the birthday of Peg Woffington, the famous actress, and a host of friends and admirers are gathered in her garden to greet her-among them Sir Charles Pomander , a dissolute rake, and Squire Peter Vane, two rivals for her hand. Sir Charles, meeting Dorothy Haywood-a country girl who has come to town to release Peter Vane from an engagement which the parents had. forced upon them-prompts her to play a joke on Peter by writing in affectionate terms a letter addressed to him at Peg Woffington's house. When Peter has read Dorothy's letter, he tears it up and throws it away ; but a piece with the words ' my dearest dear ' on them comes into Peg's hands. Though Sir Charles tries to upset her faith in Peter, Peg still believes in him.
A pienie in a hayfield at Twickenham-
Peg and Peter are happy together when Dorothy. invited there by Sir Charles, arrives with her sweetheart, Tony. Despite the warning of Peter's servant, Barney, Dorothy agrees to Sir Charles' suggestion that she should play another joke on Peter Vane and announce herself as his sweetheart. Peg says that she never wants to see Peter again.
The green-room at Drury Lane, on the night of Peg's benefit.' Barney brings her a letter from his master, but she tears it up unread. Sir Charles arrives, followed by Tony, who challenges him to a duel. Peg, however, prevents bloodshed and is told by Dorothy the truth about herself and Tony. Peg is distraught, for she thinks she has lost Peter. ' Devil a bit ! ' says Barney. ' D'you think I took him " No " for an answer ! '
Betty Brown, Peg's:
Barney O'Flynn, Vane's servant:
Peter Vane,a country squire:
Colley Cibber, an actor:
Sir Charles Pomander a beau:
Triplet, a starveling artist:
Dorothy Haywood, a country girl:
Kitty Clive, an actress:
Tony, Dorothy Hay wood's sweetheart:
WINIFRED COCKERILL (Harp)
Tom KINNIBURGH (Bass, in Scots Ballads) Sir THOMAS HUGHES (Readings from Dickens)
HELEN ALSTON (Entertainer at the Piano)