John Gehl - John Webber
London Gentlemen

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    London Gentlemen

    or The Harlot’s Saviours, being a retelling of Hogarth’s The Harlot’s Progress.
    A young girl is rescued from the notorious procuress Mother Needham in a daring raid by 18th-century London's greatest artists and thinkers. They are left exhilarated and determined to embark on further secret adventures.
    In Hogarth’s telling the girl dies at the age of 23 from venereal disease.

    Moll Hackabout greeted by Mother Needham

    William Hogarth The Harlot’s Progress

  • Players
    • characters
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      William Hogarth

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      Samuel Johnson

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      Alexander Pope

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      Jonathon Swift

      a sixteen-year-old country girl desperate for work in London.
      William Hogarth,
      the renowned 18th century London painter, engraver, social critic, and philosopher.
      Jane Hogarth,
      the artist's wife.
      Samuel Johnson,
      the most celebrated scholar of the age and the creator of the first English-language dictionary.
      Ester Thrale,
      a friend of Dr Johnson. (A dancer's role.)
      Samuel Johnson,
      the most celebrated scholar of the age and the creator of the first English-language dictionary.
      Oliver Goldsmith,
      Irish comic playwright ("She Stoops to Conquer)" and novellist ("The Vicar of Wakefield"). Also known as "Nolly."
      Alexander Pope,
      author of the classic poem "The Rape of the Lock." Pope is a short man with a bent spine.
      Henry Fielding,
      novelist and author of "Tom Jones" and other works. David Garrick, the foremost actor of 18th century England.
      Jonathan Swift,
      author of "Gulliver's Travels" and "Tale of a Tub"
      Mother Needham,
      a notorious London procuress.
      Mother Needham's girls
      The London poor

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      Jane Hogarth
      1709-1789 (circa)

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      Oliver Goldsmith

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      Henry Fielding

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    • orchestra


      1 flute, 1 oboe 1 clarinet (A), 1 bassoon

      1 horn (F) 1 trumpet (C), 1 trombone, 1 tuba


      strings min. 4 4 3 3 2

      score printed in C

  • libretto
  • scores
  • Gehl & Webber
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    John Gehl has a Bachelor of Arts degree (English and philosophy) from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science degree (information and computer science) from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

    Originally from New York, he has also lived in Toronto, San Francisco, and Atlanta. His plays have been produced by Atlanta theater companies and opera for which he wrote the libretto is being produced in Oakland by San Francisco’s Goat Hall Productions.
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    After serving in the Royal Marines Band Service for ten years Dr. Webber (born 1949) spent a year as an undergraduate student in Cologne, Germany and then another five years engaged in graduate work in the United States.

    Since then he has composed conducted and taught in Britain, Germany and the U.S. He has founded and directed several orchestras and his music has been heard on radio and television both in Europe and the U.S. He is published by Arsis Press, Anglo-American Music Publishers and his own Webber Music
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