Bluebell in Fairyland
Bluebell in Fairyland is a musical dream play in two acts by Seymour Hicks (1871-1949), with music by Walter Slaughter (1860-1908), and lyrics provided by Aubrey Hopwood (1863-1917) and Charles H. Taylor (1859–1907) .
The original text
First produced at the Vaudeville Theatre in London on 18 December 1901, with Seymour Hicks, Ellaline Terriss and Phyllis Dare, and played for two performances daily until 26 June 1902. A new version, now simply called Bluebell (or Blue Bell), was performed as the opening piece at the newly constructed Aldwych Theatre, London, on 23 December, 1905 by Hicks and Co.
Apparently it was the first full-length original children's play (i.e. not a pantomime or adaptation of a book) done on the London stage, and the piece apparently inspired the writing of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan stories.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1908: Performed as Bluebell in Fairyland at the Opera House, Cape Town, by the Wheeler Juvenile Opera and Musical Company during the Christmas season, featuring Dan Leno Jr. (said to be the son of the original Dan Leno) in the lead.
Daniel Hahn. 2015. The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature. OUP: p.75
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