The Beauty of Bath

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The Beauty of Bath is a musical play by Seymour Hicks (1871–1949)[1] and Cosmo Hamilton (1870–1942)[2].

The original text

Based loosely on the play David Garrick, the book was written by Hicks and Hamilton, with lyrics by Charles H. Taylor (1859–1907)[3], music by Herbert Edgar Haines (1880-1923)[4], and additional songs provided by Jerome Kern (1885–1945: lyrics and music)[5], Frank Clifford Harris (1875–1949: lyrics)[6] and P.G. Wodehouse (1881–1975: lyrics)[7].

The piece was first produced by Charles Frohman at the Aldwych Theatre, opening on 19 March 1906, and then moving to the newly built Hicks Theatre on 26 December 1906.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1907: Performed by a visiting Gaiety Company in the Opera House, Cape Town, under the auspices of the Wheeler Theatre Company, the cast including Maimie Brickwell and Frank Greene.


British Musical Theatre: The Shows[8]

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: p. 427

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