Savoy Opera Company

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The Savoy Opera Company is a name given by D.C. Boonzaier (1923) to an opera company that visited South Africa in 1906, to perform Savoy Operas at the Opera House, Cape Town, under the auspices of the Wheeler Brothers.

Conducted by Francois Cellier, the company included C.H. Workman, Fred Billington, Albert Kavanagh, Jessie Rose and Nancy Freyne and their repertoire included Iolanthe, Yeoman of the Guard, H.M.S. Pinafore and Patience.


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, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.

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