Programme for Cole Porter’s musical Nymph Errant

Programme for Cole Porter’s musical Nymph Errant

This is the programme for the London production of Cole Porter’s Nymph Errant produced by C.B.Cochran at the Adelphi theatre in the Strand. Gertrude Lawrence is on the front cover and other scenes from the production surround extracts from the reviews inside. Nymph Errant opened at the Manchester Opera House in 1933 and the crowds were so huge that special police had to be drafted in to control them. The audience included Noël Coward and Douglas Fairbanks Jnr, with whom Gertrude Lawrence was having an affair at the time. The show, based on a book by James Laver, a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, traced the heroine’s travels around the world while trying to lose her virginity. Gertie appeared in four of the show's six long scenes and closed the show exhorting everyone to ‘Experiment’ with life.