The Catch of the Season

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The Catch of the Season is a musical play in two acts by Seymour Hicks (1871–1949)[1] and Cosmo Hamilton (1870–1942)[2].

The original text

A play about a debutante who is engaged to a young aristocrat but loves a page, it is based on the fairy tale of Cinderella. The book was written by Hicks and Hamilton, with music by Herbert Edgar Haines (1880-1923)[3] and Evelyn Baker, and lyrics by Charles H. Taylor (1859–1907)[4].

The musical premiered at the Vaudeville Theatre in London in 1904 with Hicks, Zena Dare and Camille Clifford in the leads. It opened in Daly's Theatre, New York, on 28th August, 1905.

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.


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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