Mr Popple (of Ippleton)

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Mr Popple (of Ippleton) is a comedy in three acts with music, written and composed by Paul A. Rubens (1875-1917)[1].

Also found as Mr Popple only.

The original text

First performed at the Apollo Theatre, London on 14 November, 1905; it then transferred to the Shaftesbury Theatre on 17th March, 1906 and closed on the 5th May, 1906 after 173 performances.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1906: Performed under the auspices of the Wheeler Brothers in the Opera House, Cape Town, opening on 18 June, with a cast that included Myles Clifton (in the leading role of "Freddy Popple"), Victor Gouriet, [Maud Thorne]], Sybil Thorne and Daisie Wallace.


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 1932. (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.425-6

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