A musical play in 2 acts by Sandy Wilson.
Produced at the New Watergate Theatre - 8 September, 1953 (season)
The Buccaneer, a traditional comic newspaper for boys, is up for sale by the late founder's wife, Mrs. Barraclough. She breaks the news to Mabel, her young secretary, that Mr. Maximus, the American publisher, has offered to buy it and change it into one of his horror magazines. Among The Buccaneer's regular features are the ongoing adventures of Captain Fairbrother written by the ageing Mr. Dunkin. All three are present when Mr. Maximus visits.
At a café Mabel asks her fiancé Peter, a private tutor, to help find an investor and luckily he knows just the person, the rich divorced mother of Montgomery Winterton, one of his more precocious pupils. He puts the idea to Montgomery who is well advanced for his age and Peter attempts to suppress him. Mrs. Winterton arrives slightly tipsy and is interested in helping, in order to get closer to Peter. Montgomery sees his role as running the comic and persuades his American friend Marilyn to help. She admits to her friends that she rather likes a certain type of boy.
The sales of The Buccaneer are increasing thanks to Montgomery's influence but Mabel is upset about the sway Mrs. Winterton has on Peter. Montgomery and Marilyn are also having relationship problems and she leaves him. Marilyn happens to be the daughter of Mr. Maximus and she admits to him that she has been helping with The Buccaneer and now wants to see it fail.
Peter's arrives to tell Mrs. Winterton that their relationship is over. Peter has returned to Mabel but the result is that Mrs. Winterton is no longer going to invest in the comic.
The arrival of Maximus and Marilyn to talk to her about business starts off another relationship, this time between Maximus and Mrs. Winterton while Mabel, Montgomery and Peter come to terms with losing the comic.
With The Buccaneer seemingly set to close, Mrs. Barraclough and Mr. Dunkin realise they were behind the times while Montgomery and Marilyn, back together again, accept that they are just good friends. However, Montgomery has already organised a rally of the nation's children in Trafalgar Square in support of The Buccaneer. Headed by Captain Fairbrother (Peter in disguise), the march proves to Maximus that this very British comic does indeed have a future, and the publication is saved.
Original Lyric Hammersmith Cast