A Fancy Dress Ball

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A Fancy Dress Ball is a musical and mimetic sketch by Corney Grain (1844-1896)[1].

The original text

First(?) performed in St Georges Hall, London, on 6 February, 1893.

The 19th century saw a number of vaudeville-style performances of sketches and ballet's using the term "Fancy Ball" in their titles. Most often by an unknown author or devised by the cast of the particular performance. (In this respect, see also Het Fancy Bal!!!, A Fancy Ball and The Fancy Ball)

To what extent Grain knew of, was indebted to, or influenced by the other works is unknown.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa


The Era Almanak 1893: p.61, Google E-book[2]

Albert Charles Robinson Carter. 1896. The Year's Music, J.S. Virtue & Company, Limited: pp. 329-332[3]

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.203-205

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