A Gaiety Girl

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A Gaiety Girl is an English musical comedy in two acts by Owen Hall (1853-1907)[1], Harry Greenbank (1865-1899)[2] and Sidney Jones (1861-1946)[3].

The original text

Based on an outline by James T. Tanner (1858-1915)[4], the book was written by Hall, with lyrics by Greenbank and music by Jones. Produced by George Edwardes, it opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London, on 14 October 1893 then transferred to Daly's Theatre, and had a run of 413 performances.

First published in London by Hopwood & Crew (undated, but probably 1893).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1894: Performed for the first time in South Africa in the second half of the year to enormous enthusiasm by the Cairns James Company as part of their season in the Good Hope Theatre, Cape Town, under the auspices of the Wheeler Theatre Company.







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: p.400

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