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A Fool's Paradise by Sydney Grundy

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A FOOL'S PARADISE.

AN ORIGINAL PLAY

IN THREE ACTS.

BY

SYDNEY GRUNDY. ____________________________________________

_Copyright,_ 1898, _by Thomas Henry French._ ____________________________________________

London: | New York: SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. | T. HENRY FRENCH, PUBLISHERS, | PUBLISHER, 89, STRAND. | 26, WEST 22nd STREET.

A FOOL'S PARADISE

_Produced at the Garrick Theatre on Saturday, January 2nd, 1892._

CHARACTERS.

Lord Normantower MR. F. KERR. Sir Peter Lund, Bart., M.D., F.R.S. MR. JOHN HARE. Philip Selwyn MR. H. B. IRVING. Hon. Tom Verinder MR. GILBERT HARE. Price MR. S. B. BRERETON. Kate Derwent MISS KATE RORKE. Beatrice Selwyn MISS OLGA NETHERSOLE. Mildred Selwyn MISS BEATRICE FERRAR. Johnson MISS MINNA BLAKISTON. ______________________________

ACT I.--THE HALL, AT RAVENHURST, _Philip Selwyn's Country House, near St. Alban's, Herts._

_A Week Elapses._

ACT II.--THE BOUDOIR. _Morning._

ACT III.--THE BOUDOIR _Night._

NECESSARY PROPERTIES.

ACT I.--On R. table: China Bowl, books in case, newspapers, photo views, three letters and newspaper through post. Book on sofa. _Ready:_ Tennis ball to throw on from between C. doors and R.W. Tennis bat for Kate R.U.E. _Hand Properties:_ Basket of cut flowers for Kate. Work bag containing balls of wool and needles, and an apple, for Mildred. Snuff box for Sir Peter.

ACT II.--Water bottle and glass, magazine, and Punch, on L. table. Fire lighted. The hearth should be a solid sheet of slate for glass to break easily. Bell rope on flat, R. of opening R.C., bell pull on flat L., below fire-place. _Ready:_ Medicine bottle and glass, L.D. _Hand Properties:_ Water can (no water) for Kate. Two certificates of marriage, and one of death for Sir Peter. Cigarettes in case for Normantower.

ACT III.--Clear chair from back of table, and water bottle. Lighted lamp on piano. Ditto on pedestal in conservatory L.C. Small ditto on table, L.C. _Ready_ R.U.D.: Six cups of coffee on salver, sugar and milk on small salver. _Ready_ L.D.: Medicine bottle, wine glass and poison phial. Flower pot to smash on stone, R.U.E. Alarm bell to ring R.U.E. Large lock to work, R.U.E. _Hand Properties:_ Book for Sir Peter. Snuff box for Sir Peter.

A FOOL'S PARADISE.

ACT I.

SCENE.--_The Hall of an old-fashioned Country House with staircase. Door C. Entrance, L. Door, R. Windows at back, looking into grounds. Letters on table. Gong._

_TOM and MILDRED discovered together. MILDRED on sofa, L.C., TOM on foot-stool at her feet R. of her. She has some work in her hand, and a ball of wool in a satchel. [Note for TOM.--Before curtain rises, tie wool to button on waistcoat, and see the wool is free to "payout" for business.]_


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