Light-hearted tale of boy meets girl

The Boy Friend.
The Boy Friend.

A SPARKLING musical comedy which set Julie Andrews on the path to international stardom – and made a film star of �Twiggy�– is to begin a three-day run at Buxton Opera House later this month.

Present Company bring The Boy Friend to the Opera House on Wednesday August 24, Thursday August 25 and Saturday August 27, at 7.30pm, with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm.

Sandy Wilson’s blithe and brisk score brilliantly evokes the authentic sound of the 1920s, the era of ‘bright young things’ and The Charleston.

Tony, a penniless young aristocrat working in Nice as a delivery boy, is the ‘must have’ boyfriend of Polly Browne, an heiress who, to ward off fortune hunters, pretends to be the secretary rather than a pupil at Madame Dubonnet’s Finishing School.

Their on/off romance is at the heart of this frothy musical comedy romp on the Riviera. This jolly show will set your toes tapping and put a smile on your face with song and dance numbers such as: Perfect Young Ladies, Poor Little Pierrette, It’s Nicer in Nice, A Room in Bloomsbury, The Boy Friend, I Could Be Happy with You, Won’t You Charleston with Me? and The Riviera.

Newly-weds Robert and Morven Harrison play the leading roles of Tony Brockhurst and Polly Browne respectively, and appearing among the other cast members is Buxton’s James Ash.

To coincide with performances of The Boy Friend, the gala concert A Song In My Heart, celebrating the music of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, will take place at the Opera House on Friday August 26, at 7.30pm.

This prolific partnership composed over 500 songs and 28 musicals, which included The Girl Friend (1926), inspiration for Sandy Wilson’s “The Boy Friend” (1954). Hits from that show, The Blue Room and Mountain Greenery, are just two of a host of Rodgers and Hart songs that are everyone’s favourites, such as: With a Song in My Heart, My Funny Valentine, Falling in Love With Love, The Lady Is a Tramp, This Can’t Be Love, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.

Tickets, ranging from £11.50 to £17, can be booked by calling the Buxton Opera House Box Office on 0845 127 2190, or by visiting www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk. Purchase tickets for the concert and the musical at the same time and save £4.