English version by Joan Cross and Eric Crozier after the translation by Rosa Newmarch.  Music by Bedrich Smetana



It is spring in a Bohemian village and holiday time. The villagers gather to celebrate the festive occasion. Marenka and Jenik do not join in the gaiety as Marenka’s parents have arranged a rich marriage for her although she loves the impecunious Jenik.


Marenka’s parents are being persuaded by Kecal, a marriage broker, that their daughter should wed the son of Tobias Micha. Kruschina, Marenka’s father knows Micha but thought there were two sons, not one as claimed by Kecal. In fact one son by Micha’s first marriage has disappeared and is now presumed dead. Ludmilla, Marenka’s mother is unconvinced and believes Marenka should choose for herself.


Marenka informs her parents and the marriage broker she has become engaged to Jenik and doesn’t accept the marriage contract drawn up by her parents and the marriage broker.

It is against this background that the story of love, arranged and unarranged, is played with a great deal of bargaining on all sides, especially Kecal who is assured of a good commission should he succeed in his objective. He doesn’t.


Relationships and assignations are put to the test against the carnival atmosphere in the village with the inevitable happy ending, although not quite as expected.


Producer and Musical Director harold Smethurst B.Mus LRAM

Dances arranged by Ada C Daws RAD, ISTD, FNATD (Adv)





Krusina J N Gibson-Horrocks
Ludmilla Edith Hemper
Marenka Isobel Greene
Tobias Micha Douglas Boniface
Hata Joan Previte
Vasek Roy Pleasance
Jenik Jan Jeffries
Kecal Lawrence Reed
The Manager Peter Gibbs
Esmeralda Norma Evans
The Indian Joseph Ball
  Chorus of Village People, Travelling Circus, etc.
Girls and Wives K Baker, M Brice, B Bushby, J Chandler, S Chandler, E Coxeter, E Daryll-Joseph, B Dennis, N Evans, H Ford, P Hedges, J Huckle, E McAthy, N M E Page, M Plastow, J M Pocock, J Previte, J Ross, L Shannon, A Speed, Y Tanner, J Tivers, M Thomson, E Walker
Yoths and Men W Abrahams, J Ball, M S Brailsford, J Cossins, K Eldridge, H Ford, P Gibbs, L Gilliver, J Godwin, L V Harrington, K Heckler, R Henley, A Hinton, W Howell, P Morgan, J F Muir, E D Page, L A Slatter, I R Stewart, G H Storer, B Theo, J Tivers, K Warner, S R Wilson
Dancers – Girls J Cox, M Hands, A Leach, M Neville, M Payne, M Tolley, R Ware, G Wilsher
Dancers – Youths J Davis, A Griffin, J Gray, R Milliken


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