Valmouth

by  Ronald Firbank, Sandy Wilson

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  9m, 12f

"This perennially fresh and pertinent musical ... Sandy Wilson's lyrics include, by my reckoning, at least half a dozen potential hits beside "Big Best Shoes". Valmouth, in short, bewitches by its riches as the opening chorus swore it would ..." - Plays and Players

Mrs Yajnavalkya, the exuberent black masseuse, sets up her establishment in Valmouth where the aphrodisiac air ensures longevity for all …

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 12f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Mrs Yajnavalkya, the exuberent black masseuse, sets up her establishment in Valmouth where the aphrodisiac air ensures longevity for all who breathe it, from the erotic to the exotic, the comical to the incredible. Not surprisingly, therefore, every season brings an influx of regular visitors to this fashionable spa to swell the array of dazzling fantastics, among them the ageing nymphomaniac Lady Parvula. With the help of Mrs Yaj, Lady Parvula tries to seduce the virile young David Tooke who steadfastly rejects her shameless advances, while his sister Thetis imagines herself the bride of Captain Dick Thoroughfare, heir to the wealthy, Catholic, Mrs Hurstpierpoint of Hare Hatch House. But Dick is secretly married to Mrs Yaj's niece Niri-Esther, which he announces on the night of the Centenarians? Ball together with the news that Niri is pregnant. To nearly everyone's horror Mrs Hurstpierpoint welcomes the girl, fancying her as an infidel convert to Catholicism, and organizes plans for a wedding and christening presided over by Cardinal Pirelli. But the nuptials are prevented at the eleventh hour by the excommunication of the Cardinal and the total destruction of Valmouth. Only Niri and Mrs Yaj survive and back on their native tropical island Mrs Yaj regrets the passing of Valmouth.

Sandy Wilson's vibrant musical of Ronald Firbank's original novel was seen at the Chichester Festival in 1982 with Bertice Reading, Fenella Fielding, Doris Hare and Robert Helpman in the leading roles.

The Scenes
The road to Valmouth. Valmouth Market Square. The banks of the River Val. Hare Hatch House. The Nook. Hare Hatch House gardens. Outside the chapel. Tarooa

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Reviews

"This perennially fresh and pertinent musical ... Sandy Wilson's lyrics include, by my reckoning, at least half a dozen potential hits beside "Big Best Shoes". Valmouth, in short, bewitches by its riches as the opening chorus swore it would ..." - Pla

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Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary

Music

  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

Casting

9m, 12f

The Chorus
Inhabitants of Valmouth. Guests at the Ball. Wedding Guests

Singing Principals
Mrs Yajñavalkya. Grannie Tooke. Lady Parvula de Panzoust. Mrs Hurstpierpoint. Mrs Thoroughfare. Niri-Esther. Th

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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Woodwind I Flute
Woodwind II Clarinet
Bass/Bass Guitar
Guitar
Percussion
Harp

22 vocal scores

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Authors

Ronald Firbank

Ronald Firbank

Sandy Wilson

Sandy Wilson

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