|THE LAND OF SMILES - November 1968
The Land of Smiles is a 1929 operetta by Franz Lehár and is set in China. The heroine Lisa is a European girl who marries a Chinese visitor and returns with him to his homeland despite the warnings of her friends and family, but eventually finds she is unable to come to terms with his native culture.
This was one of Lehár's later works, and has a bittersweet ending which the Viennese loved. Prince Sou-Chong is left alone, while his beloved Lisa returns to her homeland. His sister, Princess Mi had also become attached to the Viennese official, Gustl and so the ending is doubly sad.
|General Count Lichtenfels
|Captain Gustl von Ploetz
|Lt Rudi von Westhof
|Sonia Atkinson, Jean Brown, Rosemary Brown, Marie Murray, Audrey Pring, Janet Smith, Helen Stevens, Sarah Walker
|Ladies of the Chorus
|Sylvia Bayliss, Josie Beckwith, Audrey Blow, Myra Clark, Hilda Coulstock, Joyce Game, June Jones, Sharron Kelly, Rosemary Press, Queenie Walker, Midge Wallace
|Gentlemen of the Chorus
|Colin Blow, Peter Blow, George Beddoes, Chris Hogg, Dennis Jones, Francis Mitchell, Jerry Parkes, Allan Smith, Alan Smith, Tony Willcocks, Bob Wisdom, Bill Payne
|Producer & Choreographer
|Sound and Lighting
|Edward Nadal, Fred Hennen
|Charles Blake, William Blow, Jim Walduck, Duncan McClellan
|Molly Hennen, Edna McRae