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The Boy Friend

The Boy Friend
Book, Music and Lyrics by Sandy Wilson
Directed by Pat Watson
9-16 September 1961

Madame Dubonnet’s finishing school, near Nice, could exist only in musical comedy. The charming young pupils burst into song at the least provocation and forbidden boy friends are forever popping through the french windows to make up the numbers. Polly Browne is too rich to be allowed a boy friend. Tony, for whom she falls, turns out to be the Hon. Tony Brockhurst, which is very lucky, because Polly thought he was just a delivery boy. Written in the fifties as “a new musical of the twenties” this is still the most successful, tuneful and witty of the send-up musicals, which ape the style of earlier, lighter-hearted and more disarming days.

The 200th Playhouse Production starring Diana Quick!


Hortense – Shirley Osborne
Maisie – Jill Morris
Dulcie – Sylvia Richardson
Fay – Diana Quick
Nancy – Ann Foster
Polly – John Ewens
Alphonse – Barry Hullett
Marcel – Paul Harper
Pierre – John Ormandy
Bobby Van Husen – Bill Farley
Madame Dubonnet – Pat Watson
Percival Browne – Harold Bull
Tony – Charles Mann
Lord Brockhurst – Roy Welch
Lady Brockhurst – Betty Cottee
Gendarme/Waiter – Denis Bailey
Pepe – Robert Pettyfer
Lolita – Ann Pitman


Stage Manager – Gordon Lawrence
Assistant Stage Manager – Jennifer Lawrence
Lighting – Colin Grainger and Michael Fryatt
Additional Lighting – P. Bennett and R. Orwell
Decor – Fred Arundell
Costumes – L&H Nathan and Guild Wardrobe