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The Maid of the Mountains - Finborough Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FINBOROUGH Theatre continues its Finborough Gaieties season, which celebrates British Musical Theatre between 1870 and 1918, with The Maid of the Mountains, one of London’s most successful musical hits of the First World War – on December 3, 10 and 17, 2006.

In Harold Fraser-Simson’s light operetta, the local Governor faces ousting from his post because of the activities of Baldassaré, a brigand leader who terrorises the entire country.

In a last ditch attempt to retain his power, the Governor captures the Maid of the Mountains Theresa who is hopelessly – and unrequitedly – in love with Baldassaré. After many adventures and betrayals, it becomes clear that Love Will Find A Way and the story ends happily ever after…

David Dorrian will direct a cast that includes Robert Archibald, Elisabeth Baron, Christian Jon Billett, Anita Louise Combe, David Freedman, Andy Mace, Andrew Pepper, Alana Phillips, Laura Selwood, Sévan Stephan, Andrew Thwaite and Graham Vick.

Combe’s West End credits include Saturday Night Fever in which she created the role of Stephanie Mangano, Sunset Boulevard in which she created the role of Betty Shaeffer both in the UK and in Canada, and the current West End production of Chicago in which she has played both Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly.

Archibald is currently appearing in Les Miserables, Baron in Evita and Mace in Wicked; while Billett was a finalist in this year’s Voice of Musical Theatre competition.

Pepper was most recently seen in Mary Poppins and Selwood in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens; Phillips’ numerous West End credits include Saturday Night Fever and We Will Rock You, while Stephan’s include Guys and Dolls; Thwaite is currently appearing in The Phantom of the Opera and Vick in Mamma Mia!.

Dorrian previously directed the sell-out UK premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s Lucky Nurse and Other Short Musical Plays at the Finborough Theatre. He was Assistant Director to Daniel Kramer on the Gate Theatre’s sell-out revival of Hair and Assistant Director to Fiona Laird for Greenwich Theatre’s 10 Minute Musical Challenge.

The Maid of the Mountains opened in London in 1917 when it ran for 1,352 performances. It has not been seen professionally in the capital since 1972. The score includes hits such as Love Will Find A Way and A Bachelor Gay Am I.

Tickets: £22, £18 concessions.

For more information call the box office on 0870 4000 838 or visit the website.