Lock Up Your Daughters - the Musical

Adapted by Bernard Miles - Music by Laurie Johnson - Lyrics by Lionel Bart

directed by Graham Buchanan

Performed at

The Nuffield Theatre

on

28th October to 1st November 1986


NOTE ON THE PLAY by Bernard Miles by Bernard Miles

I came upon Rape Upon Rape quite by accident, while in the midst of a music hall tour in 1952, I forget what was the actual town, but I was looking round a second-hand bookshop and on the spine of an ancient, calf-bound quarto was the word "Rape", This made an instant appeal and when, upon looking closer, I saw that the full title was “Rape upon Rape". I took the book down and opened it. Its author was the great Henry Fielding and it was first published in 1730. A quick glance showed its possibilities, and I bought it. From then until 1959, although many other suggestions were made, it remained my top choice for an opening play. But it was Julius Gellner who suggested it should be emtensively cut and turned into a musical. Having done some heavy pruning and emtensive rearranging, I offered it to three well-known lyric writers, but none of them cared for it sufficiently to collaborate. At last, with the time getting short, a mutual friend introduced me to Laurie Johnson, who introduced me to Lionel Bart. They were at the time working on The Tommy Steele Story, and had found they worked together very happily. I remember the now celebrated Lionel Bart paying his first visit to Puddle Dock - no fast sports car then, no silk shirts, cashmere jerseys or suede shoes - just a simple working lad keen as mustard to get his feet on the ladder to stardom, and little realising how near he was to planting them there.

They got to work, and within a fortnight produced the lyrics and music - with the single emception of the song The Gentle Art of Seduction, which was added later in order to make the play a little longer for its once-nightly Australian tour.

The title Lock Up Your Daughters came out of the blue. Obviously Rape Upon Rape was the most appealing, but this was considered a little too warm for the City. One day the composer Anthony Hopkins came down to the site to have a look around and I offered him a glass of wine. "No thanks," he said,"I don't drink.," I offered him a cigarette - "No thanks, I don't smoke .... but Lock, Up Your Daughters!" A title was found.

Cast (in order of appearance)
Staff David Jupp
Watchmen Jim Oliver, John Carrington
Squeezum John Souter
Quill Derek Sealey
Mrs Squeezum Avril Woodward
Sotmore Brian Stansbridge
Ramble Ken Hann
Brazencourt Mike Shailer
Wenches Julie Baker, Hilary Bowen, Hazel Burrows, Vicki Hobbs
Politic Peter White
Hilaret Angela Mackie
Cloris Jan Cairney
Dabble David Bartlett
Faithful Ken Spencer
Worthy Albert Minns
Captain Constant Chris Williams

 

For the Maskers:
Director Graham Buchanan
Musical Director Michael Patterson
2nd Keyboard Belinda White
Stage Manager Keith Hooper
Assistant Stage Manager Imogen Hobbs
Lighting Clive Weeks, Ivan White
Set Design Ken Spencer, John Riggs, Roger Lockett
Properties Hazel Burrows, Ella Lockett, Sonia Morris
Wardrobe Sarah Buchanan
Artwork John Hamon
Wigs By Showbiz

 

 
 
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