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Laughing Cavalier (The) (1937)

Compositeur: Wainwright Morgan

Parolier: Reginald Arkell • Stafford Byrne

Librettiste: Reginald Arkell • Stafford Byrne

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

Spanish troops arrive in Haarlem and the ladies of town flock to these military charmers. One of the officers is a magnificently handsome Don Juan, who commissions local artists Franz Hals to paint his portrait. Mistaking Lysbeth, Hals’s young wife, for his daughter, the cavalier makes love to her. When he discovers his mistake he nobly turns away from her at the Guildhall ball given by the Burgomaster and his wife, and pursues romance with Maryka, another lady. The following morning he forgets this nobility and asks Lysbeth to run away with him. She, mystified and remembering his previous conduct refuses and remains faithful to her husband. This explains the half smile on the face of the Laughing Cavalier, captured by Franz Hals, even though he never knows its true reason.

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With some beautiful scenes re-creating Flemish paintings, Dutch songs, Dutch dances, dancing cavaliers, and even lute solos, this was a lavish treat for the eye and ear, but with such a thin plot that it failed to hold an audience and came off within five weeks.

 

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Version 1

Laughing Cavalier (The) (1937-10-Adelphi Theatre-London) (Original)
Durée :
Nombre : 38 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 19 octobre 1937
Première : mardi 19 octobre 1937
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : William Mollison
Chorégraphie : Hedley Briggs
Avec : Arthur Margetson (Don Juan), John Garrick (Franz Hals), Irene Eisinger (Lysbeth), Nora Swinburne (Maryka), Charles Heslop (Burgomaster), Viola Tree (Burgomaster’s wife).
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With some beautiful scenes re-creating Flemish paintings, Dutch songs, Dutch dances, dancing cavaliers, and even lute solos, this was a lavish treat for the eye and ear, but with such a thin plot that it failed to hold an audience and came off within five weeks.
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