The Gay Parisienne

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The Gay Parisienne is an Edwardian musical comedy in two acts by George Dance (1857-1932)[1] and Ivan Caryll (1861-1921)[2].

Also known as The Girl from Paris.

The original text

The work first performed in October 1894 at the Opera House in Northampton, then played at the Duke of York's Theatre, London, for 369 performances (April 4th, 1896 - 28th March, 1897). It opened in the USA at the Herald Square Theatre, New York, under the title The Girl from Paris on 8 December 1896.

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Performance history in South Africa

1903: Performed on tour in South Africa by the Royal Australian Opera Company under the management of the Wheeler Company from May to October. Among the performers were Dan O'Connor and Gertie Campion, who played "Julie Bon-Bon". The itinerary included the Good Hope Theatre, Cape Town (in May) and His Majesty's Theatre, Johannesburg (from 11 July to some time in October)


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. 414.

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