PE0207. A SOUTHERN MAID (Harold Fraser-Simson, Ivor Novello & George Clutsam), w.Merlin Morgan Cond.Daly’s Theatre Ensemble; Jose Collins, Claude Fleming, Ernest Bertram, Gwendoline Brogden, Mark Lester, etc. (England) Palaeophonics 106, recorded 1920, Complete, as Recorded, w.Elaborate ‘The Play’ 24pp. Brochure replete w.photos from the London production.
“A SOUTHERN MAID is an operetta in three acts composed by Harold Fraser-Simson, with a book by Dion Clayton Calthrop and Harry Graham and lyrics by Harry Graham and Harry Miller. Additional music was provided by Ivor Novello and George H. Clutsam, with additional lyrics by Adrian Ross and Douglas Furber. It starred José Collins and Bertram Wallis.
The show originally opened at the Prince's Theatre in Manchester on 24 December 1917. It also had three short engagements in Edinburgh between 1918 and 1920. The planned West End opening was delayed by the continuing success of THE MAID OF THE MOUNTAINS, but A SOUTHERN MAID eventually reopened on 15 May 1920, when THE MAID OF THE MOUNTAINS finally closed and Daly's Theatre became available. The piece was produced under the management of Robert Evett and ran for 306 performances, a good run for the period, although dwarfed by that of its predecessor.”
-Zillah Dorset Akron