Lionel Monckton: The Arcadians, Overture
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Alan Titchmarsh's Great British Discovery
19. Lionel Monckton: The Arcadians, Overture
The finest of Edwardian musical comedies, this 1909 stage show told the story of a group of idyllic Arcadians who want to transform wicked London into a land of truth and simplicity. Monckton was clearly influenced by Gilbert and Sullivan but, as one critic noted, The Arcadians 'stands out among other plays of its class' with 'moments to be remembered with joy'.