musicals: Love in a Cold Climate

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Love in a Cold Climate
(book & lyrics)

Based on Nancy Mitford's novel of the same name. Unproduced at the time of composer Julian Slade's death in 2006.


This glittering romantic musical comedy evokes the lost eccentric glamour of aristocratic life in 1930's England. Set mainly in Hampton, the stately home of Lord and Lady Montdore it tells the story of Polly, their precious and beautiful only child. The fearsome and ambitious Lady Montdore is desperate for Polly to have a 'perfect marriage', but Polly, bored by the monotony of the debut season in London, falls instead for Boy, her uncle by marriage. Lady Montdore disowns Polly and invites Cedric – a distant cousin from Nova Scotia and the true heir to Hampton – t<br>o visit. Expecting a rough Canadian they are stunned by his elegance and impeccable manners. Lady Montdore allows Cedric to transform her from stolid middle-age to an English society beauty.

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The rain may rain each day/The darling buds of May/May be frosted before they begin/But surely it can't be a sin/To be in love/Love in a cold climate... close quote

Love in a Cold Climate lyrics,

by Eden Phillips

Polly and Boy move to Sicily to avoid the scandal of their marriage. But life is far less idyllic than they imagined. They both return home suffering from homesickness, but as soon as Cedric and Boy set eyes on each other it is love at first sight. They abscond to Paris with Lady Montdore to start a strange new life while Polly remains with her father at Hampton. Songs from the score were performed by Alex Jennings, Anthony Andrews and others at a concert at the Bristol Old Vic (2004), produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Julian Slade's Salad Days.