In Search Of Ruritania
The life and times of Ivor Novello
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This is not a sentimental journey - more a fascinating insight into the life,
work and world of the late Ivor Novello
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Selection of Novello's personal
photographs from Glamorous Night (1935)
now permanently displayed in the West
End's new Novello Theatre - These
photographs are also featured in the book
In Search Of Ruritania
|Elisabeth Welch -
Glamorous Night (1935)
Mary Ellis as Militza and Ivor Novello as Anthony in
Glamorous Night (1935) Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
|Kristin Scott Thomas, Jeremy Northam, Alan Bates, Bob Balaban, Kelly MacDonald
and Dame Maggie Smith in Gosford Park
|"High Class - students so at
ease with timeless tunes... "
Link to musical productions...
Into The Woods, History of the
Musicals, The Boy Friend,
The life and times of
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A new book by David Slattery-Christy exploring the life and
times of the Edwardian actress Lily Elsie, the star of Lehar's
original West End production ofThe Merry Widow in 1907.
|"[A] biography which is the
result of extensive
research... I found this an
intriguing reappraisal of
a former theatre idol whom
I had tended to
dismiss..."Tom Howard -
Rogues & Vagabonds
|"An absorbing and
read, and a
must-own for fans of
Altman's film looking
to learn more about
Novello and his
Excellent look at
both the man and
the legend of Ivor
Novello, with special
insights into the
filming of the late
straight from the
film's Ivor Novello
Tara O'Shea -
"This new biography delves much deeper into
Novello’s life than its predecessors. While this
may have alienated those who prefer to remember
Novello as fragrantly as his famous lilacs, I found
it to be well-researched and thought-provoking.
Novello’s output is analysed in the cold light of a
new century, and within a theatrical context which is
markedly different to the one in which his shows
were first produced...
There are interesting accounts of interviews with
Olive Gilbert’s nieces, Mary Ellis, Gordon Duttson
(one of Novello’s partners who appeared in some of
his shows) and Nicholas Hassall. The writer often
uses a compelling style - the description of his first
visit to Redroofs is akin to something out of
‘Rebecca’, and the tension is also built up during his
work in the archives of Drury Lane...
What will disturb some Novello fans are the
sections which deal with his sexuality. I found this
information an essential part in building up a
rounded picture of Novello as a human being...
This revealing biography is a useful and well-
researched addition to other books on Ivor Novello:
one which is not afraid to cover all areas of his life."
David Wheeler - The Gaiety Magazine
|Discover the extraordinary life of one
of Edwardian England’s most
celebrated and revered musical
comedy stars, Lily Elsie.
From her childhood days in the music halls of
Salford and her rise to fame as the child
singing star “Little Elsie” (hailed by press and
public as “the infant Patti”, after the world
famous opera star Adelina Patti) to her arrival
in London as a young woman with an almost
reluctant desire to conquer
the West End stage, her ever-present mother
urging her to make the most of every
|Guide To Mary Ellis Papers - 1897 - 2003 Billy Rose Theatre
Division, New York Library for the Performing Arts.
Includes Glamorous Night adaptation script and correspondence with
|Selected links for research information
Book & Music: Ivor Novello
Lyrics by : Christopher Hassall
Revised version by:
By arrangement with Samuel French Ltd
|"David Slattery-Christy has researched his work
diligently. He tells Lily's story clearly and
dispassionately...his book is an important
contribution to our understanding of Edwardes
and the Gaiety Girls, one of the most glittering
periods of London's theatre history."
Richard Anthony Baker - The Stage
|"The characters around Elsie are capably brought to
life... a good, dramatic, read and you will end up
knowing Elsie by the end."
Rob Sedman - lily-elsie.com
|British Pathe News
- Gaiety Girls
|The Merry Widow
|Manchester Awards for Drama - Forever Nineteen
and Les Miserables 1993
|From the Ivor Novello Consultant for Robert Altman &
Julian Fellowes OSCAR and BAFTA winning film
|Mrs. Anthony Berry (Sonia) and David
Slattery-Christy, Bath 2009.
Sonia remembers Lily Elsie from
childhood. Elsie and her mother were
|Elsie's Cartier carriage clock featured on the Antiques Roadshow from Bath on 7th February 2010.
The clock was a gift to her from husband Ian Bullough. The hidden message in Latin, Tempus Fugit,
translates as 'Time Flies' The message in other symbols translated as 'Love Remains'.
|"This is not a formal footnoted
biography...Lily's life is written like a very well
researched novel for the reader...it shines a light
on a lady whose postcards from the height of her
fame fascinate even now...
K. Maxwell (Sydney, Australia)
...the back section offers mini biographies of all
the main people in Lily Elsie's life and a
comprehensive biography of sources."
|Click on image to visit the Jeremy Northam
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|Nora Connelly as Bridie in
the London production of
The Post Card
|The Post Card
|"This is old Ireland, Milkwood style..."
|On April 11th, 1912, a young Irish emigrant sent his sweetheart a post card to tell
her he was boarding the TITANIC on her maiden voyage. The poignant post card
survived to be sold at auction and the story behind these facts provides the
basis for the play - involving Patrick & Mary, a fatal scandal, and the lovers
sadly compromised best friend, Liam.
"Past and present are interwoven through narrative, song,
monologue and dramatic scene and a Thomas Hardy style
story of blighted love unfolds."
Edinburgh Evening News
|Now Available for Professional
& Amateur Performances
|All enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
|NEW PRODUCTION OF THIS
coming in 2014 for the
centenary of the
"A wholly enthralling...
(Brian G Cooper - The Stage)
"The ghosts of soldiers and the
very characters the writer is
researching play out scenes
while she sleeps, until the two
worlds meet in a powerful
confrontation and solution...
not to be missed."
(Omer Ali - The Scotsman)
|Lee Wosltenholme as
Ted & Nicki Casey as
Amelie in Forever
Nineteen - Buxton
|Mildred on the Marne:
Mildred Aldrich, Front-line
The History Press 2/12/2013
Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur Nationale
de la Republique Francaise
Kickstarter Project goes live on 20/5/13 to
raise finance for a professional UK tour and
potential West End transfer in 2014/15
|Features the song 'The Green Fields of France
with the kind permission of Eric Bogle
|Tim Bohannon as
William McBride and
Lee Wosltenholme as
Ted in Forever Nineteen