Dido, Queen of Carthage

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The title Dido, Queen of Carthage has been used to refer to any of three texts over the years:

  1. The Tragedy of Dido, Queen of Carthage is a short play by Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)[1] (with possible contributions by Thomas Nashe (1567-1601)[2]). It is at times referred to simply as Dido, Queen of Carthage. (For more details on Marlowe's play, see the entry under The Tragedy of Dido, Queen of Carthage)
  2. Dido, Queen of Carthage, an opera by the 18th-century English composer Stephen Storace (1762-1796)[3], with a libretto by Prince Hoare (1755-1834)[4], based on the libretto for a three act opera seria called Didone abbandonata (1724) by Pietro Metastasio. First performed in 1794. However, the only surviving text was lost in a fire in 1801.
  3. Dido, the Celebrated Widow, a burlesque version of the story of Dido by Francis Cowley Burnand (1836–1917)[5] (1860). It is at times referred to simply as Dido, The Queen of Carthage, Dido, The Queen of Carthage or sometimes even simply Dido. (For more details on Burnand's play, see the entry under Dido, the Celebrated Widow)

As far as can be determined to date, only the Burnand version has been performed in South Africa.

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