Contact sheets showing scenes from The Quaker Girl

Contact sheets showing scenes from The Quaker Girl

From these contact sheets the audience members could choose which images they wanted enlarged for their own collections. They give a very good idea of what the production looked like, as they were taken on stage with the full cast, whereas most publicity pictures showed the stars or small groups, taken in the studio. The Quaker Girl was George Edwardes' first production at the Adelphi. His theory was that having the Adelphi as well as Daly's and the Gaiety would help to spread the enormous financial risks involved in the production of musical shows.

He spent £20,000 (about £750,000 today) on modernising and redecorating the Adelphi, so his economising didn't get off to a good start. The Quaker Girl and the theatre were a great success. The music was written by Lionel Monckton and the star was his wife, Gertie Millar. She played Prudence, the Quaker girl of the title, who gets caught up in a whirl of fashion and romance when a French dressmaker decides that her plain Quaker clothes will be the next 'big thing' and whisks her off to Paris.