A frothy tale of boy meets girl

Rob Harrison and Morven Harrison in Present Company's production of The Boyfriend.
Rob Harrison and Morven Harrison in Present Company's production of The Boyfriend.

Present Company are to perform The Boy Friend, Sandy Wilson’s light-hearted spoof of a 1920s musical, at Derby Theatre on November 18 and 19.

Sandy Wilson’s blithe and brisk score brilliantly 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 a real gem of a show, charmingly tuneful and endlessly good-humoured.

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. Dubonnets 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. The jolly show will set your toes tapping and put a smile on your face with song and dance numbers such as Perfect Young Ladies, Poor Little Pierrette, It’s Nicer in Nice, A Room in Bloomsbury and I Could Be Happy with You.

Newly-weds Rob and Morven Harrison, who tied the knot themselves in April will be playing the leading roles in this boy meets girls tale. 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 Derby Playhouse, now Derby Theatre, since 1989, when they kicked off with Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Present Company’s performers have delighted audiences in recent years with My Fair Lady and Ivor Novello’s Glamorous Night.

The aim has been, and still is, to build on a reputation for delivering musicals in the traditional style with a big company, quality singers and 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.

Performance are at 7.30pm on both nights with an additional matinee on the Saturday, from 2.30pm.

Tickets are £15. Concessions are £13. Call the box office on 01332 255800.