Light and frothy musical tale

Present Company's Robert and Morven Harrison.
Present Company's Robert and Morven Harrison.

DERBYSHIRE-based theatre group Present Company will be performing a production of Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend at Buxton Opera House on August 24, 25 and 27.

In The Boy Friend, Sandy Wilson’s blithe and brisk score evokes the authentic sound of the 1920s, the era of bright young things and the Charleston.

The Boy Friend set Julie Andrews on the path to international stardom and made a film star of Twiggy. It is charmingly tuneful and endlessly good-humoured show.

Tony, a penniless young aristocrat working in Nice as a delivery boy, is the must-have boy friend of Polly Browne, an heiress who, to ward off fortune hunters, pretends to be the secretary rather than a pupil at the Villa Caprice, Mme. Dubonnet’s Finishing School for young ladies.

Tony and Polly’s on/off romance is at the heart of this frothy musical comedy romp on the Riviera. This jolly show will set your toes tapping and put a smile on your face with song and dance numbers such as It’s Nicer in Nice, I Could Be Happy with You and Won’t You Charleston with Me?

Newly-weds Robert and Morven Harrison who tied the knot themselves in April will be playing the leading roles in this light-hearted boy meets girls tale, set on the 1920s French Riviera. They play the parts of Polly Browne (a millionaire’s daughter) and Tony Brockhurst (the son of a lord), who meet and fall in love while trying to disguise their family backgrounds from each other.

Regular visitors to Buxton Opera House since 1988, when they kicked off with Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Present Company performers have delighted audiences in recent years with High Society, Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, a Festival of Irving Berlin and three Festivals of Ivor Novello. The aim has been, and still is, to build on a reputation for delivering musicals in the traditional style: big company, quality singers, colourful productions.

This show is no exception, with a cast of 36 singers and dancers and a highly talented ensemble of musicians under the baton of Morris Fisher.

Ticket details are available by calling the box office on 0845 127 2190.