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Estrella is a comic opera in three acts by Luscombe Searelle (1853-1907)[1], with a libretto by Walter Parke.

The original text

First produced by Williamson, Garner and Musgrove's Royal Comic Opera Company.

Played for 200 nights at the Gaiety Theatre and Novelty Theatre in London.

Published in London by London : Walter Smith, 1883(?), New York by Wm. A. Pond, ©1883, in Sydney, 1884.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1887: Presented in by the Searelle Opera Company at the Theatre Royal, Cape Town as part of a popular six-month season of opera. Also toured to Port Elizabeth.


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 1923. (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.385

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