1952 - 1953

The Count of Luxembourg

The Count of Luxembourg is an operetta in two acts with English lyrics and libretto by Basil Hood and Adrian Ross, music by Franz Lehár, based on Lehár's three-act German operetta Der Graf von Luxemburg which had premiered in Vienna in 1909.


The Grand Duke Rutzinov may not marry Angèle, an opera singer with whom he is infatuated, unless she bears a title. He therefore arranges for the penniless bohemian spendthrift, Count René, to marry a lady whose face he is not to see, and to agree to a divorce in three months. For this the Count receives the sum of £20,000 (half a million francs). As she will then bear a title, Rutzinov can then marry her. At the wedding ceremony, at the studio of Rutzinov's artist friend Brissard, the Count and his mystery bride are separated by a canvas – but when they touch hands to exchange the rings, they fall in love.


Months later, Angèle gives a party at which the Count attends. They are immediately attracted to each other, but not knowing that they are already husband and wife, they believe their romance is hopeless. To prevent things from going further, Rutzinov announces his engagement to Angèle. But Brissard notes that the Count has not yet divorced and reveals that the two are still married. Secretly delighted, Angèle denounces the Count's act in marrying for money. The Count storms off angrily. Meanwhile, Rutzinov decides to marry a Russian countess instead, and the Count comes into some money, which he uses to pay Rutzinov back the £20,000. But he is miserable without Angèle and eventually tells her that he loves her. All ends happily.


Musical Director: H. Bramwell Bailey

Director, Producer: A.D. Camp

Cast

Aileen Ryan

Sidoni

Charles Kerr

Rene - Count of Luxembourg

Don Armstrong

Pelegrin

Eileen Mahoney

Angele Didier

George Montgomery

Duke Basil Basilovitch

George Wetzstein

Menchekoff

Ivan Mitchell

Saville

Janet Giles

Juliette

John Pickard

Boulanger

Marjorie Stranks

Countess Kassakoff

Maurice Anka

Armand Brissard

Ted Hothersall

The Concierge

Alan Hoskins

Chorus

Alfred Papineau

Chorus

Arthur Pownall

Chorus

Audrey Patterson

Chorus

Beverley Meagher

Chorus

Beverley Pyefinch

Chorus

Desmond McKenna

Chorus

Dorine Black

Chorus

Dorothy Campbell

Chorus

Elsie Dudley

Chorus

Esther Lightstone

Chorus

Gerald Barnaby

Chorus

Grace Schultz

Chorus

Greta Jensen

Chorus

Helen Levitshy

Chorus

J.H.W. Currie

Chorus

James MacKersie

Chorus

Joan Brissenden

Chorus

John G. Winship

Chorus

Leo Boissonneault

Chorus

Lilian Horrocks

Chorus

Lloyd Burton

Chorus

Louise Cameron

Chorus

Margaret Leahy

Chorus

Margaret Meagher

Chorus

Marion Deavy

Chorus

Mary Allen

Chorus

Maurice Lavalee

Chorus

Mildred Ker

Chorus

Norma Besserer

Chorus

Norma Coll

Chorus

Patrick McGee

Chorus

Phyllis Ryan

Chorus

Ralph Hopkins

Chorus

Rose McCallum

Chorus

Ruby Rutkowsky

Chorus

Shirley Snipper

Chorus

Stanton Hicks

Chorus

Theresa McGee

Chorus

Trinka Janecek

Chorus

Production

A.E. MacLaurin

House Manager

Christine McCulloch Allan

Prompting

E. Hothersall

Chorus Master

J.H.W. Currie

Assistant Director

Malabar Toronto

Costumes

Ralph Wetzstein

Assistant Musical Director

Vern Ridgeway

Scenery Designer

Winifred Canty

Accompanist

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