It is December 11th, 1936; the place, London; the setting, the elegant Savoy Hotel. Throughout 1936. the world's press and newsreels had been abuzz with stories about the World's Most Eligible Bachelor; His Majesty King Edward VIII. By the Grace of God, King, Defender of the Faith. Emperor of India. Titular Ruler of one quarter of the world, the King-Emperor was the most eligible man of his day. Dashingly handsome, he was linked romantically with many; his final choice precipitated a constitutional crisis. Mrs Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American divorcee, had succeeded where all other had failed. While the United States reeled from the Great Depression, Continental Europe saw the menace of Hitler and the National Socialist party. Meanwhile, Great Britain existed in the twilight of empire, dancing away the last years of pre-war peace. Such is the backdrop for this most entertaining of musical comedies, one with a simple but devastatingly witty twist. Treated in a delightfully matter-of-fact manner, the romantic interest, as the title suggests, is between boy and boy. Bill Solly (music, lyrics and book) and Donald Ward (book) have lovingly recreated the era of the black and white movie musical replete with witty lyrics, memorable melodies and a book which is a gem of humorous writing. First performed in 1975 at Actors' Playhouse, off-Broadway, for 463 performances. "Boy Meets Boy, Boy Loses Boy, Boy Gets Boy in the End".Performers Stephen Ashfield, Johnjo Flynn, Craig Fletcher, Ben Kavanagh, Anna Nicholas, Benjamin Bailey, Carly Mackelvie, Gregory Sims, Biancha Szynal, Helen Turner, Jay Webb, Aron Wild.
Book by Bill Solly. Book by Donald Ward. Music Bill Solly. Lyrics Bill Solly. Presented by Jermyn Street Theatre. Director Gene David Kirk. Musical Director Stefan Bednarczyk. Choreographer Lee Proud. Design Alice Walkling. Lighting Phil Hewitt. Sound Phil Hewitt.