Lady of Lyons

Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873)

Although the author of this play is now famous for writing the most cliché opening line in literature – “It was a dark and stormy night…” (from his 1830 novel, "Paul Clifford" ), this melodrama by Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton was at one time one of the most popular dramas of its day. This story of romance and deception thrilled Victorian audiences. In the 1840’s, the show served as a starring vehicle for the great William Macready and the incomparable Helene Faucit. The plot of “Lady of Lyons’” centers around the proud and beautiful Pauline Deschapelles. She finds herself tricked into a marriage with Claude Melnotte, son of a gardener, by her former suitor, the Marquis Beauséant. - Summary by Kelly S. Taylor
Cast List

BEAUSEANT Wayne Cooke
GLAVIS Greg Giordano
COLONEL DAMAS Mike Manolakes
MONSIEUR DESCHAPPELLES Alan Mapstone
GASPAR Tchaikovsky
CLAUDE MELNOTTE A. D. Latheron
FIRST OFFICER Tchaikovsky
SECOND OFFICER Wayne Cooke
THIRD OFFICER Andrew Gaunce
LANDLORD ToddHW
Servant Jenn Broda
MADAME DESCHAPPELLES Wendy Katz Hiller
PAULINE Matea Bracic
THE WIDOW MELNOTTE Annie Mars
JANET Sonia

Genre(s): Romance

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 ACT I Group 00:28:33
Play 02 ACT II Group 00:24:10
Play 03 ACT III Group 00:18:48
Play 04 ACT IV Group 00:20:30
Play 05 ACT V Group 00:27:37