Susan Hampshire as Victoria in Follow that Girl

Susan Hampshire as Victoria in Follow that Girl

Following their success with Salad Days Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds collaborated again. Follow That Girl was a re-working of their musical play Christmas in King Street (the 1952 Christmas show at the Bristol Old Vic). It opened at the Vaudeville Theatre, in the wake of Salad Days, on 17 March 1960, closing after 211performances. The show begins in the present day with a young author, Tom, discussing a play he has written in which he and his girlfriend Victoria feature as hero and heroine. The characters Tom has invented appear and the scene changes to Victorian England, where Tom and Victoria play out the plot of Tom's play - a melodrama of long lost sons, unwanted suitors, attempted suicides, and eventual happy endings. In this photograph from the original 1960 production Susan Hampshire as Victoria, in her Victorian persona, receives the attentions of the two shopkeepers her parents wish her to marry. Their persistence drives her to run away from home, into the arms of handsome Police Constable Tom Blenkinsop.