Nancy Sphinctergritzel (1904-2010) was Hollywood’s biggest lush. Her husbands predeceased her. Her children were taken into care. Her lifelong quest was to prove her imagined lover Valentino... More > had never had sex with men—or with any woman but her. It took her 68 years to write My Life With Rudy—minutes for her victims to destroy it. Lord Cecil Wilde (1859-1947) was a hero. He had hundreds of lovers, his favourites the Dilly Boys met during the Cleveland Street Scandal. He made al fresco sex acceptable, married a suffragette, and established the world’s first edible condoms factory in Ceylon.
But why did he marry a homophobe who collaborated with Germany in World War II? This final part of the trilogy tells all!
NOTE: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to persons living or dead, events or locales is coincidental.
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At eighteen, Jeanne Bourgeois was an 'added attraction' at the Eldorado: ten years later, as Mistinguett, she was the toast of Paris. During a career spanning sixty years, her temper and meanness... More > became almost as famous as her panache of plumes, exotic costumes and a clutch of songs delivered in her quaint, inimitable style. Her love affairs with the famous ~ mostly with men many years her junior ~ made her infamous. The one with Maurice Chevalier made them the most renowned couple in Paris, but by her own admission the great love of her life was with the bisexual American dancer, Harry Pilcer, who shares centre-stage with her in this play. Colleagues and lovers alike were terrified of her, yet for her fans she could do no wrong. She was also the heroine of two world wars: as such when she died in 1956, she was laid in state at the Madeleine. David Bret's play contains her theme tune, 'Mon homme', along with his English adaptations of other famous Miss and Pilcer songs. There is some strong language.< Less
Nancy (1904-2010) was the most hated of all Hollywood lushes. The quintessential example of Machiavellian insanity, she moved from one situation to the next, leaving behind a trail of tears and... More > destruction in the name of her imaginary lover, Rudolph Valentino. All seven of her husbands predeceased her. Her children were taken into care: with her, Valentino always had to come first. Her life quest was to prove that he had never had sex with men, or with any woman but her. It took her 68 years to write My Life With Rudy, the book she boasted would take the world by storm—minutes for her victims to destroy it. Now, the whole filthy Nancy saga appears in one volume, from her illegitimate birth to her hilarious death.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to persons living or dead or to locales is entirely coincidental.
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In Rudolph Valentino: The Screen God Who Loved Men, best-selling author David Bret tells of the real Valentino, a man sexually attracted only towards other men, whose relationships with women,... More > particularly his two rapacious lesbian wives—brought him heartbreak. Moralists attacked him, studio chiefs treated him like dirt. His manager was only interested in gaining control of his estate. When he lay dying in hospital, these people deliberated between saving him and letting him die while working out which was the most financially viable: Valentino alive or dead, and what would happen if the truth emerged about his private life.
Valentino was less ashamed of his sexuality than he was of being trapped within the image of his public persona. In 1920s Hollywood, gay men were stereotyped as feeble degenerates. Not so Valentino, a powerfully-built man who excelled at most sports, boxing in particular. It was his persistent, unnecessary need to ‘prove’ his manhood which ultimately contributed to his early death.< Less
“The Queen of Homophobes” (1904-2010) was the illegitimate daughter of a parson’s wife and an Indian brave. Leaving her shack, she arrived in Hollywood and appeared in a film with... More > Mary Pickford. Seven times married she loved one man—Valentino—who denied knowing her. After his death she began a hate campaign to prove he had never loved other men, or any woman but her. She helped set up Confidential magazine, tried to block the Kinsey Report, joined the McCarthy witch-hunt. For 68 years she worked on 'My Life With Rudy', the greatest literary failure of all time. She wed for the last time at 99 to a man 80 years her junior who predeceased her. She died at 105 on the anniversary of her imaginary lover’s death—after a sexual accident. Author’s Note: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is entirely coincidental. WARNING: contains adult material of a sexual nature!
Edward IV has always been overshadowed by his controversial younger brother Richard III, and is most remembered for his pursuit of pleasure~the archetypal medieval playboy. There was considerably... More > more to him than this. During the first half of his reign he was an astute military tactician who never lost a battle, a courageous, approachable monarch loved by his subjects. The second half of his reign finds him different. With his Treasury solvent having being stretched quelling a decade of civil unrest, and with England's peace marred only by the murky intrigues of his brother Clarence, Edward was free to indulge in his fancies. He lived extravagantly, and though devoted to his queen, Elizabeth Woodville, played the field~there were hundreds of women and at least one male lover. Sadly, he ate himself into an early grave, leaving England to face the most chaotic period in its history thus far. Celebrity biographer David Bret has nurtured a lifelong passion for the Plantagenet kings, and is a fervent Ricardian.< Less
'Chanson', based on true events and with songs from the perios, tells the story of French singer, Marcel~brooding, rough-and-ready and from the wrong side of the tracks, he arrived in Paris in 1934... More > and was discovered singing in the streets by Gérard, the impresario. When the play opens it is 1944. Paris is under the Nazi jackboot and Marcel is star attraction at Gérard's nightclub, Levalle's, the most famous in town. When Gérard is murdered, Marcel's life falls apart. He ends his relationship with his girlfriend, and can no longer see his mistress because her husband is home on leave. While trudging the streets, drunk after curfew, he is picked up by Jurgen, a young German lieutenant who has worshipped him from afar for some time. Initially their relationship is platonic. As time passes, however, a deep bond develops between the two men as Marcel fights his demons to rebuild his shattered career~while the Liberation approaches, bringing triumph and tragedy in equal measure. WARNING: contains strong language< Less
'Our George' is based on David Bret's controversial, best-selling biography, 'George Formby: A Troubled Genius'. It presents a no-holds-barred but affectionate story of the legendary British... More > entertainer-he of the toothy grin, ukulele, and catchy but risqué songs-a man whose life was dominated firstly by a cantankerous, copiously vulgar mother, then by grasping siblings and a frequently overbearing and domineering wife, yet without whose nagging and shrewd business sense he would never have made it to the top. The play presents George Formby as an equally difficult but loving, womanising troubled genius, a man with an innate charisma who suffered for his art, and who only found true love when it was too late. 'Our Annie's Funeral' is David Bret's humerous take on his grandmother's funeral, as seen through the eyes of her eccentric sister, Kate.< Less
October 1963. Pierre is proprietor of the Mimosa Club, a downmarket Parisian gay club. Posh boy Paul is his female impersonator lover, 20 years his junior. Both have had affairs with Edith Piaf:... More > Pierre in the 1930s when she was just starting out, Paul in the 1950s when she was at the height of her fame. Now it is the eve of her funeral,a time for reflection marred by the arrival of Paul's snooty mother, Fabienne, who disapproves of his lifestyle and does not get along with the vulgar but loveable Pierre. The action alternates between her visit and events of the past~Pierre's meeting with Piaf in a seedy Pigalle club~her launching of Paul's career which he has held in check because of his attachment to the man who took him in~and his eventual decision to take Piaf's advice and accept the tour she arranged for him just before her death, which will mean him sacrificing the great love of his life, as she did many times. Contains 11 Piaf songs adapted into English by David Bret. WARNING: contains strong language.< Less
David Bret's first biography, 'The Piaf Legend', was published in 1988 to huge critical acclaim-his 'Piaf: A Passionate' Life' (1998 is regarded as the definitive work on her. Here,commemorating the... More > 50th anniversary of her death he gathers 17 interviews with some of those close to her,Marlene Dietrich and Barbara. The play, set in 1963 in the days after Piaf's death, centres on two lovers, Pierre and Paul, a generation apart, who now run The Mimosa Club, a Paris gay bar. Both were lovers of Piaf: Pierre in the 1930s, Paul in the 1950s. Their reflections are marred by the arrival of Paul's snooty mother who disapproves of his lifestyle. The action alternates between now and 1936 when Pierre first met Piaf, and when she launched Paul's career, which he has held in check because of his attachment to Paul-which now sees him sacrificing the great love of his life, as Piaf often did. Contains 11 Piaf songs adapted into English by the author and photos from his private collection. WARNING: contains strong language.< Less