Bless The Bride

Bless the Bride was a musical that is probably remembered as the best work of the British composer Vivian Ellis.

It opened on 26 April 1947 at the Adelphi Theatre in the London West End. It ran for 886 performances. A. P. Herbert, who had collaborated with Ellis in previous shows, wrote the book. A revival was presented in 1987.

The story was set in the 1870s and told of a young girl named Lucy Veracity Willow who was about to be married to a staid young man, Hon Thomas Trout.

She leaves him at the church and elopes with a debonair Frenchman, Pierre Fontaine. The couple travel to France, and are separated due to the effect of the Franco-Prussian War. Finally they find each other and return to England to marry.

Please note: the archive has no programme for this production – can anyone oblige?

Joe Mettle, a young drama student, was the first person of colour to perform with the society as noted in the local paper review!

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Show Date: December 1960

Venue: The Church Hall, Kitson Barnes

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