Gentleman Joe, The Hansom Cabbie

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Gentleman Joe, The Hansom Cabbie is a farcical musical comedy with a libretto by Basil Hood (1864–1917)[1] and music by Walter Slaughter (1860–1908)[2].

Also found simply as Gentleman Joe

The original text

The original production of the musical opened at the Prince of Wales's Theatre on 2 March 1895 and ran for a very successful 391 performances. In America there was a production at Miner's Theatre in Newark, New Jersey in late 1895 which then transferred to the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City in January 1896.

Translations and adaptations

Possibly the source for Gentleman Joe, a 1910 black-and-white American silent film.

Performance history in South Africa

1895: Boonzaier (1923) reports on seeing a production of Gentleman Joe in Cape Town during this year, by an unnamed company working under the auspices of Luscombe Searelle.

1902-3: Performed as Gentleman Joe by the Mouillot-De Jong Company, at the Opera House, Cape Town, as part of a season of musical comedy and light opera beginning in December of 1902 and running into 1903.


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.402, 414

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