Lady Audley's Secret
A Play Performed at the Princes Theatre in London in 1949
Based on the Novel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Page written by Jennifer Carnell

A post-war revival of Lady Audley's Secret, produced at the Princes Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue in November 1949. The programme is dated 15 November 1949.
'Jack Hylton, Roy Limbert and Bertram Montague in association with the Bedford Theatre (London) Ltd
Present a Victorian Melodrama with Music
Lady Audley's Secret
From the Popular Novel by Miss Braddon.'

The play was described as 'An original version of Miss Braddon's Popular Novel' and was directed by Judith Furse. Judith Furse was also a talented actor and can be seen in films including Powell and Pressburger's brilliant Black Narcissus, in which she played Sister Briony. Who the adaptor was of this 'original version' is not stated.
The cast
Lady Audley - Pat Nye
Robert Audley - Richard Baldwyn
Sir Michael Audley - Alan Gordon
Phoebe Marks - Shirley Richards
Luke Marks - Allan Bourne Web
Alicia Audley - Anne Crawford
George Talboys - Bill Shine

There was, it seems, more than one ballet scene with Anne Anderson, Wendy West, Judith Williams, Susan Capon, Jennifer Andree, Brenda Batstone, Brian James and Donald Craig in the corps de ballet, by arrangement with the Arts Educational Ballet Group, choreographed by Joyce Mackie.

ACT I
Audley Court - - - - The Lime Walk
(Birthday Fete and Rustic Ballet)
ACT II
Scene 1 The Conservatory, Audley Court
(Floral Ballet)
Scene 2 The Road Through the Park
Scene 3 The Castle Inn, Mount Stanning
Scene 4 The Road Through the Park
Scene 5 The Pavilion, Audley Court

Music composed and adapted by Arthur Collier
Orchestrations by William Summers
Additional lyrics by Richard Baldwyn
Scenery designed and painted by Patrick Lynott, built in the Bedford Theatre Studios by George and John Jeffreys.
Costumes by Bermans.
Chorus costumes designed and made by Monica Campbell
Wigs by Wig Creations Ltd.

Bibliography and Recommended Reading about Mary Elizabeth Braddon:
Jennifer Carnell, The Literary Lives of Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Sensation Press, 2000).

Robert Lee Wolff, Sensational Victorian: The Life and Fiction of Mary Elizabeth Braddon (New York: Garland, 1979).

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