King of Cadonia

King of Cadonia is an English musical in two acts by Frederick Lonsdale, with lyrics by Adrian Ross and Arthur Wimperis and music by Sidney Jones and Frederick Rosse. It opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London on 3 September 1908, produced by Frank Curzon, and ran for 333 performances. It starred Isabel Jay, Huntley Wright and Bertram Wallis.

This was Lonsdale's first success. Famous songs included "The Wind Of Love", "The Portrait" and "Disguises".


Act 1 - The Gardens of the Duke of Alasia

In Cadonia, a mythical country where the king is frequently replaced, the soon-to-be crowned sovereign, Alexis, is tired of the limitations that are placed on his freedom. He learns that there is a conspiracy afoot to assassinate him, and therefore he shaves off his moustache and beard to escape. The disguise is successful. He soon meets Princess Marie, the daughter of the Duke of Alasia, heir presumptive to the Cadonia throne. The princess falls in love with the handsome stranger, and she is pleased to learn that the king has mysteriously disappeared. But her feelings of relief are not shared by her father, the duke, who dreads above all things being called upon to rule over such an unstable country as Cadonia.

Act 2 - The Palace of the King of Cadonia

Alexis, still disguised, infiltrates the murderous conspirators, the chief of whom is posing as head gardener to the duke. He wins the favourable opinion of the conspirators, so that when the his true identity is finally revealed, they acknowledge that, at last, Cadonia has been fortunate enough to secure a monarch who may be trusted to rule his people discreetly and bravely. The princess is equally pleased to find that love and duty will now go hand-in-hand and the timid duke is no less delighted at the prospect of avoiding the throne.


*The Duke of Alasia - Heir presumptive to the throne
*Princess Marie - his daughter
*Alexis - King of Cadonia
*General Bonski
*Captain Laski
*Lieutenant Jules
*Lieutenant Saloff
*Panix - Secretary to the Duke of Alasia
*Laborde - Head gardener to the Duke of Alasia
*Bran - Servant to Captain Laski
*Militza - Maid to Princess Marie
*Stephanie - First Lady in Waiting to Princess Marie
*Duchess of Alasia
*Ladies In Waiting: Natine, Wanda, Ottaline, and Fridoline
*Chorus of soldiers, gardeners, peasants, ladies of the Court, etc.

Musical numbers

;Act I
#As Happy As A King - Laski
#Not A Little Bit Like You - Militza
#The Man I Marry - Marie
#Reasons of State - Marie, Duchess, Duke, Panix
#Hail! The King - Chorus
#Overrated - Alexis
#The Barber - Laski & Chorus of Guards
#The Lady Of the Castle In the Air - Marie and Alexis
#Do Not Hesitate To Shoot - Duke
#The Portrait - Marie, Alexis and Girls;Act II
#In the Swim - Militza
#The Wind of Love - Marie
#There's A King In the Land Today - Alexis
#Situations - Militza
#Things That I Know I Could Do - Duke
#The Woman and the Man - Marie and Alexis
#Change Partners - Stephanie and Laski
#Disguises - Militza and Duke
#Love and Duty - Marie and Alexis

External links

* [ Synopsis, list of roles and list of musical numbers]
* [ Midi files, lyrics and London cast list]
* [ Information about the Broadway production]

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