("Fate" or "Destiny") There are two related works by this name:
(1) A 1911 three-act play written by Edward Knoblauch (later Edward Knoblock).
The original play
The play, called An "Arabian Night" In Three Acts in the published version, is about a wily poet who talks his way out of trouble several times; meanwhile, his beautiful daughter meets and falls in love with the young Caliph.
It was first performed by Oscar Asche at the Garrick Theatre, London, on 19 April 1911, and it ran for two years in London and later opened in the United States. Filmed a number of times and published by Baker in 1922, and in the collection Kismet and Other Plays (1957)
Translations and adaptations
In 1953, the story was adapted into the famous musical by Robert Wright and George Forrest, with themes from the music of Alexander Borodin, and a book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis, based on the Knoblockplay.
First produced on Broadway in 1953, and in London's West End. Filmed in 1955 film by MGM.
Performance history in South Africa
The Knoblock play
195* Performed by NTO ???
The Wright and George Forrest musical version
1973: Performed, as their first musical, in the Johannesburg Civic Theatre by PACT. Directed by Anthony Farmer (who also designed the sets, with costumes by Neels Hansen), and featuring Lawrence Folley, Gé Korsten, Barbara Veenemans, Kerry Jordan and Iris Chapple starred in this musical at the Civic Theatre
1991: Staged by the Port Elizabeth Gilbert & Sullivan Society.
Facsimile of 1922 publication, Internet Archive
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