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Music and Lyrics by David Heneker
Additional Lyrics by Ronald Millar
Book by Ronald Millar

Administered for rental and amateur stage rights by Boosey & Hawkes in the UK.

Licensing performances

If you wish to apply to perform the musical, then please send an email to stating the following information only:

1) Name of school/society

2) Where you are (city/town)

3) What you want to perform (Peg o' my Heart)

4) When you want to perform (if exact dates are not yet known, then please provide the month)

We will then send you an application form by email to complete, along with details of costs involved. Once the form is completed and returned by email, a licence will

be emailed to you for signature. Once signed we will be able to send you the music at the date requested on your application form.

Details of hire requirements should be submitted on the application form. We can provide orchestral parts (details below), as well as piano vocal scores and libretti. 

Please note that you must use live musicians and the use of a backing track is strictly forbidden.


1 Piano Conductor – annotated vocal score
1 Flute/Picc
1 Oboe
1 Clarinet 1
1 Clarinet 11/bass Clarinet
1 Trumpet 1
1 Trumpet 11
1 Trombone
1 Piano/Celeste/Organ
2 Percussion – 2 players needed
4 Violins 1/11
1 Cello
1 Bass (or Bass Guitar)

THE STORY (Castle Chiddingbourne, Southampton Water 1912)
Cordelia Countess Chiddingbourne, widow of the “late befuddled Viscount”, has been unable to pay her staff for nine months, and the entire household upstairs and downstairs buzzes with excitement. A wealthy American relative has died and the family – mother, son Alaric and daughter Ethel – has great expectations; which are promptly dashed. The bulk of the Estate has gone in trust to a young niece, Peg O’Connell, a spirited Irish-American lass, who works at Rheingold’s Box Factory. Peg arrives from Manhattan to be taught by her Aunt to become a “lady”, for which the estate will pay her mentor £1000 a year. Lady Chiddingbourne is appalled at the girl and the social gulf that yawns between them. But beggars can’t be choosers, and Peg moves in. She makes rapid friends with the staff, and is befriended by Jerry, the young family solicitor who quickly falls in love with her. After a month, Peg has blossomed into a beauty and is to be presented to the “gentry”, but now truly in love with Jerry, she all but forgets the occasion. When she does arrive, late, unchaperoned, and soaked to the skin by a sudden storm, Lady Chiddingbourne is furious. The following evening, Jerry comes to escort Peg to the annual masked ball. But after the previous night’s debacle, Lady Chiddingbourne forbids her to go. Peg and Jerry have a violent quarrel and Jerry leaves without her. Heartsore and homesick, Peg decides to return to Manhattan. Next morning, Lady Chiddingbourne, realising that goodbye to the girl means goodbye to money, suddenly decides that Alaric must marry her. But, to his intense relief, Peg laughs and turns him down. Her thoughts are with Jerry and she hints strongly she would stay if he asked her to be his wife. But how can he marry a girl who will receive more in one year that he can earn in five? No problem. Peg decides to give away her entire inheritance to her special friends on the staff and to her aunt!

Peg O’Connell
Lady Chiddingbourne

Pretty Dresses (Peg)
Peg and Jerry (Peg, Jerry)
Peg O’My Heart (Jerry)
I Want to Dance (The Company)
Little Brick (Alaric, Peg, Dancers)
Three of a Kind (Peg, Dora, Henry)
Manhattan Hometown (Peg)
When A Woman Has To Choose (Ethel)

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