The Blue Moon
The original text
Set in India during the days of the British Raj, the play tells the story of a singing girl's love for a young British army officer. The book for stage play was originally written by Harold Ellis and revised by Alexander M. Thompson (1861–1948), with music composed by Howard Talbot and Paul Rubens, and lyrics by Percy Greenbank (1878–1968) and Rubens.
The play was originally staged in Northampton on 29 February 1904, using the original book by Harold Ellis, but since Ellis had died in the mean time, the book was revised by Alexander M. Thompson (credited as "A. M. Thompson") for the London production, which opened at the Lyric Theatre on 28 August 1905 to a mixed response. It went on to play in various parts of the Empire and in America.
The text was published in London by Chappell & Co., 1905.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
Claire Mabilat. 2017. Orientalism and Representations of Music in the Nineteenth-Century British Popular Arts. Routledge
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