Guys, Dolls, and Tuesday girls
AROUND 1953 I was engaged to be married and my fiancee was away at teacher training college.
My best friend was a Damon Runyon fan and was running two girlfriends – a 'Tuesday' one and a 'Thursday' one.
Thus he bought two pairs of tickets for Guys and Dolls at the Hippodrome.
The Thursday girl won the day and he kindly gave me his unwanted Tuesday pair.
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I asked a friend, a representative on business in Bristol from Liverpool, to come along. The Tuesday evening was the European premiere of Guys and Dolls, which subsequently went on to London's West End for a long opening run.
The show was brilliant and if my memory serves me well it had Vivian Blaine and Sam Levene in the leading roles with Stubby Kaye (pictured) rendering Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat.
There was a singular lack of evening opening restaurants in the Bristol of those days and after the show, being both poor and hungry, we decided to bluff it out at the Grand Hotel's dining room in Broad Street. We ordered hors d'oeuvres from the trolley, piling our plates, and told the waiter we would order the main course later. When he returned we asked for cheese and biscuits and the bill, which was well within our finances and we then beat a hasty retreat!
Happy days and fond memories.