Gladys Cooper

 

 

 GLADYS COOPER 

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Gladys Cooper

 


 

 




The Crystal Heart
Saville Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London
1957






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"The Crystal heart", a musical comedy which was both ambitious and expensive (for its time) costing over thirty thousand pounds.  A show in which almost everything that could go wrong did so.

"The Crystal Heart" is a story of a ship load of Victorian sailors at large on an island inhabited only by six women

Gladys, now sixty-eight years old was required to both sing and dance, something that she had not done for almost fifty years.

On the tour during a dance routine Gladys cracked a bone in her chest which meant that she had to open the show on painkillers.

Though Gladys managed to win the audience over the show was a disaster and it closed after only five performances.  The audience resorted to heckling and booing almost from beginning to end on the first night.  Amends were made as Gladys took four curtain calls amid great applause and cries of "Bravo" on the last night.





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Play Title :-
The Crystal Heart




Year / Date  Produced :-
Early 1957.




Presented at :-
Saville Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London




Presented by :-
Toby Rowland Ltd by special arrangement with Lyn Austin, Thomas Noyes & Roger L. Stevens (in association with Charles Pratt Jr.)




Written By :-
William Archibald




Directed By :- Bill Butler




The Cast :- Actor / Actress :-
Part Played :-


Laurie Payne - Ted


Mike Morgan
- Jeremy John


Harold Scott
- Wellington Marchmount


Dilys Laye
- Virtue


Mavis Traill
- Hope


Stella Claire
- Charity


Andrew Downie
- Herbert


Gladys Cooper
- Mistress Phoebe Ricketts


Julia Shelley
- Miss Louisa Hatfield


Elvi Hale
- Alexandra Crowley


Peter Sinclair
- The Captain


George Ballantine
- A sailor


Paul Elsom
- A sailor


Stanley Fleet
- A sailor


Ken Martyne
- A sailor


Bill Morgan
- A sailor


John Morley
- A sailor


Harry Oliver
- A sailor


Raymond Parks
- A sailor


Charles Schuller
- A sailor









Time - Somewhere between 1830 and 1840.




Act I  Scene 1 :- The deck of a passenger-schooner.  An hour before dawn.

Act I  Scene 2 :- Coming ashore.  Morning.

Act I  Scene 3 :- Ricketts Folly.  A few minutes later.

Act I  Scene 4 :- The same.  The following afternoon.

Act I  Scene 5 :- A hilltop.

Act I  Scene 6 :- Ricketts Folly.  A few minutes later.




Act II  Scene 1 :- Ricketts Folly.  The following day.

Act II  Scene 2 :- A pathway.

Act II  Scene 3 :- Ricketts Folly.  That evening.




Act III  Scene 1 :- Ricketts Folly.  Early morning, two days later.

Act III  Scene 2 :- A lonely spot.  The following day.

Act III  Scene 3 :- The deck of the passenger-schooner.







Musical Numbers - Act 1 :-
A Year is a Day  -  Ted


The Anchor's Down  -  Ted, Herbert and the Sailors


Yes, Aunt  -  Alexandra


A Girl with a Ribbon  -  Ted


I Wanted to See the World  -  Jeremy


Hilltop Dance  -  Hope and Charity


A Monkey when he Loves  -  Ensemble


How Strange the Silence  -  Louisa


Desperate  -  Marchmount and Jeremy




Musical Numbers - Act 2 :- Lovely Island  -  Jeremy, Virtue, Charity, Hope and Alexandra


Pretty Little Bluebird  -  Mrs. Ricketts


Handsome Husbands  -  Virtue and Ensemble


Agnes and Me  -  Herbert


Madam, I Beg You  -  Mrs. Ricketts and Marchmount


My Heart Won't Learn  -  Louisa


When I Dance with my Love  -  Ted




Musical Numbers - Act 3 :- Lovely Bridesmaids  -  Virtue, Hope and Charity


I Wanted to see the World (Reprise)  -  Jeremy and Alexandra


It's so British  -  Sailors


It took them  -  Virtue, Hope, Charity and a Sailor (Raymond Parks)


When I Dance with my Love (Reprise)  -  Ted


How Strange the Silence  -  Louisa


Lovely Island (Reprise)  -  Jeremy


A Year is a Day (Reprise)  -  Ted







General Manager  :- John Roberts




Company Manager  :- Robert Clinton




Stage Manager  :- Ruth Atkinson




Assistant Stage Managers  :- Felicia Warde & Ken Lawton




Wardrobe Mistress  :- Mrs. Elsie Codner




Press Representative  :- Suzanne Warner Ltd.  45 Lowndes Sq., London, S.W.1.  (Tel: BELgravia 3807)




Manager (for Saville Theatre):- Frank Sleap







Music by  :- Baldwin Bergerson




Choreography by :- Ray Harrison




Scenery & costumes designed by :-
Malcolm Pride




Lighting & Technical Advisor  :- Michael Northen




Orchestrations by  :- Ted Royal




Musical Direction by :- Jack Coles




Scenery built by :- E. Babbage & Co. and Stage Door Ltd




Scenery painted by :- Alick Johnstone




Ladies' costumes executed by :- Elizabeth Curzon Ltd




Gentleman's costumes executed by :- Carl Bonn and Colin Mackenzie




Hats by :- Eric Gates




Shoes by :- Anello & Davide




Wigs by :- Wig Creations




Stockings by :- Kayser




Wardrobe care by :-
Lux




Guns by :- Bapty




Basketwork by :- L. Peacock




Electrical Equipment by :- Strand Electric & Engineering Co




Cigarettes by :- Abdulla