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A Musical Play in Two Acts
Book & Lyrics by John Gehl — Music by John Webber
A young girl is rescued from the notorious procuress Mother Needham in a daring raid by 18th-century London's greatest artists and thinkers. They are left exhilarated and determined to embark on further secret adventures.
SETS: The main action takes place in William Hogarth's elegant artist's studio and later at the exterior of Mother Needham's bawdy house. There are several other quick scenes, involving lighting changes and props but not requiring sets.
Henny, a sixteen-year-old country girl desperate for work in London.
William Hogarth, the renowned 18th century London painter, engraver, social critic, and philosopher.
Jane Hogarth, the artist's wife.
Samuel Johnson, the most celebrated scholar of the age and the creator of the first English-language dictionary.
Ester Thrale, a friend of Dr Johnson. (A dancer's role.)
Oliver Goldsmith, Irish comic playwright ("She Stoops to Conquer)" and novellist ("The Vicar of Wakefield"). Also known as "Nolly."
Alexander Pope, author of the classic poem "The Rape of the Lock."
Pope is a short man with a bent spine.
Henry Fielding, novelist and author of "Tom Jones" and other works. David Garrick, the foremost actor of 18th century England.
Jonathan Swift, author of "Gulliver's Travels" and "Tale of a Tub" Mother Needham, a notorious London procuress.
Mother Needham's girls The London poor