In 1893, the same year that his late wife's father, T. C. King had died, Arthur Lloyd set off on a tour of the United States and Canada. The Bill shown above states:- 'First Appearance in America of England's Greatest Vocal Comedian, Mr. Arthur Lloyd. Who has had the longest and most successful career of all the Vocal Comedians in England, Ireland and Scotland, and whose name is known, and songs, sayings, and doings copied in every English speaking country in the world. Surrounded by his own company, specially selected for their respective characters, presenting the Musical, Pantomimical, Farsical Opera Bouffical Comedy in Three Acts, written by Arthur Lloyd and performed in England, Ireland and Scotland in the principal theatres upwards of one thousand times. Entitled Our Party Or, The Nobleman in Disguise.'
ACT I - Mansion and Grounds of Marmaduke Mugg. The Retired Dust Contractor. Ambitious Hopes. "I ham as I ham." Happy Gerty. The "Aughty Dook." "You do make me laugh." The Nobleman in disguise. Poor Charlie. In luck. "Have you got such a thing as an orange about you ?" "Our Party." An unexpected arrival. Hopes dashed. A bad cold. A mustard plaster.
ACT II - "The Spare Bedrooms." Charlie hadn't been used to luxuries. Too much Wine The Conspiracy. Montague and Charlie. The Nobs. Montague's Company. A Liberal Nobleman. Gerty and Montague. The Surprise. The Ghost. Another Surprise. The wrong room. Getting Mixed. The Mustard Plaster.
ACT III - Mugg's Drawing Room. Our Party. A Merry Quadrille. Mugg's Male Guests. A musical evening. The Nobles condescend to contribute to the harmony. Mugg elated, pays the bet of £500. Charlie, Gerty and Montague. A Challenge. A Duel Prevented. Great excitement, A discovery An acknowledgement. A greater surprise than ever. "The Nobleman." "The Orange." " The End.'
INCIDENTAL TO THE COMEDY
Selections will be made from the following songs, duets and trios, all written and composed by Arthur Lloyd and sung by Miss Annie King Lloyd, Mr. Milroy Cooper, Mr. Arthur Lloyd, Mr. Hawley Francks, and Mr. Harry King Lloyd : " Wanted That Badly for Years," "Then why should I," "Acting Mad," "Better to Laugh than Cry," "The Mustard Plaster," "One More Polka," "My Old Dutch," "The Street Musician," "The Two Jeremiahs, or Rumfoozle Rumtitay," "I Couldn't," "Who'll Shut the Door," "Dobbs in Paris," "The Unfortunate Man," "I Have for One," "Love on Both Sides," etc,, etc. Also songs by various composers, including "Good Night, My Love, to Thee," "Spanish Song," "Dear Home Land," "The Piffarari." In the first act Miss Annie Lloyd King will dance a gavote composed by Arthur Lloyd. Overture arranged and selected from Arthur Lloyd's melodies.
Sadly this tour of the States and Canada proved to be something of a disaster and Arthur lost a great deal of money. Worse still, on returning to Britain in 1894 he found all the Theatres booked up and he couldn't get a date anywhere. More on the outcome of this tour can be read in Arthur's Biography here.
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