Lock Up Your Daughters

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Lock Up Your Daughters [1] is a musical by Bernard Miles (1907-1991)[2], with lyrics by Lionel Bart (1930–1999)[3] and music by Laurie Johnson (1927-)[4].

The original text

Based on an 18th-century comedy, Rape upon Rape; or, The Justice Caught in his own Trap[5] by Henry Fielding (1707–1754) [6] (also known as The Coffee-House Politician or simply Rape upon Rape). It was first produced on the London stage in 1959.

In 1969, it was made into a film starring Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, and Glynis Johns, but the songs were deleted.

Performance history in South Africa

1959: Presented by the Cockpit Players at the Hofmeyr Theatre in December, directed by Leonard Schach with musical direction by David Tidboald. Decor was by Patrick Stackhouse and choreography by Dulcie Howes. The cast were Arthur Cox, Joyce Grant, Jeannette James, Martinson James, Job Stewart, Dudley Tomlinson, Sidney Tomlinson, Charles Vernon.

1972: Performed by Carousel Productions, directed by Jennifer Craig with Roger Dwyer in the lead role and Craig Curtis as as "Sotmore".

1982: Staged by The Lodge Players, directed by Bob Johnson with musical direction by Patrick Harty. The cast included Louis Braun, Graham Barlow, Willem Roets, Ray Wentzel, Roy Haupt, Gary Bath, Mignon Tarling, Alan Shakespeare, John Tarling, Mathys Hohowsky, Sue Wentzel, Detlef Basel, Barbara Basel, Kay Johnson, Grace Morton, Pat Swan and George Buchel.

1985: Produced by Sons of England and presented at the Baxter Theatre, directed by Yvonne Copley.

A production at the Playhouse Theatre, Johannesburg, included Ivan Berold and Anne Ziegler in the cast. Date unknown.

Theatre programme for the Joan Brickhill and Louis Burke production of Lock up your daughters, adapted from Henry Fielding's comedy Rape up on rape, directed by Boris Cohen (NELM: [Collection: THEATRE PROGRAMMES]: 2016. 45. 90).

Translations and adaptations







The Lodge Players theatre programme, 1982.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

Inskip, 1977. p 122

Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne (eds.). 1988. Theatre Alive! The Baxter Story 1977-1987.

Photograph held by NELM (Playhouse Johannesburg production): Photograph collection, large format [Collection: FARMER, Anthony]: 2007. 18. 15. 5. 5.

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