Lady Behave (musical)

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Lady Behave is a 1941 British stage musical written by Stanley Lupino with music by Edward Horan. In the original West End production at His Majesty's Theatre, Lupino starred alongside Sally Gray who had appeared with him in a number of films. Pat Kirkwood, Judy Kelly and Judy Campbell also featured in other roles during its run. [1] It is set in Hollywood where a stuntman can't get his girlfriend to marry him until she has made a success in films.

Stanley Lupino English actor

Stanley Richard Lupino Hook, known professionally as Stanley Lupino, was an English actor, dancer, singer, librettist, director and short story writer. During the 1930s, Lupino appeared in a successful series of musical comedy films, often based on his already popular stage shows.

Her Majestys Theatre theatre in London

Her Majesty's Theatre is a West End theatre situated on Haymarket in the City of Westminster, London. The present building was designed by Charles J. Phipps and was constructed in 1897 for actor-manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who established the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at the theatre. In the early decades of the 20th century, Tree produced spectacular productions of Shakespeare and other classical works, and the theatre hosted premieres by major playwrights such as George Bernard Shaw, J. M. Synge, Noël Coward and J. B. Priestley. Since the First World War, the wide stage has made the theatre suitable for large-scale musical productions, and the theatre has accordingly specialised in hosting musicals. The theatre has been home to record-setting musical theatre runs, notably the First World War sensation Chu Chin Chow and the current production, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, which has played continuously at Her Majesty's since 1986.

Sally Gray English film actress

Constance Vera Browne, Baroness Oranmore and Browne, commonly known as Sally Gray, was an English film actress of the 1930s and 1940s. Her obituary in The Irish Times described her as "once seen as a British rival to Ginger Rogers."

By some accounts it was the first new musical staged in London since the outbreak of the Second World War. It was a popular success. As he grew increasingly ill, Lupino had to step down from his role and was replaced by Bobby Howes. [2]

Bobby Howes actor

Bobby Howes was a British entertainer who was a leading musical comedy performer in London's West End theatres in the 1930s and 1940s.

In 1947 it was adapted for the 1947 Swedish musical film Don't Give Up .

<i>Dont Give Up</i> (film) 1947 film by Lars-Eric Kjellgren

Don't Give Up is a 1947 Swedish musical comedy film directed by Lars-Eric Kjellgren and starring Nils Poppe, Annalisa Ericson and Gaby Stenberg. It was based on the 1941 British stage show Lady Behave by Edward Horan and Stanley Lupino.

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  1. Wearing p.47
  2. Donati p.87-88

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