The Gondoliers, or The King of Barataria

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The Gondoliers, or The King of Barataria is a Savoy Opera by librettist W.S. Gilbert (1836–1911)[1] and the composer Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900)[2]

Popularly known simply as The Gondoliers.


The original text

The play premiered at the Savoy Theatre, London, on 7 December 1889 and closed on 30 June 1891.

Performance history in South Africa

1902-3: Performed in South Africa by the visiting D'Oyly Carte Opera Company as part of their repertoire of Gilbert and Sullivan works, presented over the course of two seasons.

1937: Staged by the Port Elizabeth Gilbert & Sullivan Society

1944: Staged by the Port Elizabeth Gilbert & Sullivan Society

1949 On September 2 the Uitenhage Amateur Dramatic and Musical Society staged the show. Directed by the Betensons. Lead actors included Elise van Heerden as Gianetta, Mrs Preddy as Tessa, Roy Haywood as Casilda, Winnie Flint as Duchess of Plaza Tora. Also starring R W Betenson, Bob Owen, Peter Elliot, Bert Shaw and Jurgen Smith.

1949: Staged by the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society

1952: Staged by the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society

1954: Staged by the Port Elizabeth Gilbert & Sullivan Society

1956: Staged by the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society

1963: Staged by the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society

1964: Staged by the Port Elizabeth Gilbert & Sullivan Society

1969: Staged by the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society

1972: Staged by the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society

1974: Staged by the Port Elizabeth Gilbert & Sullivan Society

1975: Staged by the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society

1981: Staged by the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society

1989: Staged by the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society

1991: A student production was staged from 24 September to 5 October at the Wits Theatre by the School of Dramatic Arts, BADA (according to the programme of the production). Produced by the University of the Witwatersrand's School of Music, Performing Arts Administration and 'endowed' by the JODS Trust. Directed by Conrad Haikes. Set designed by Robert Joseph. Costume design by Paul Roumanoff. Wits orchestra conducted by Professor Walter Mony. Vocal supervision by Joyce Barker. Choreography by Wally Green. Stage manager: Candy Barrett. Cast: The Duke of Plaza Toro, a grandee of Spain - David White Luiz, his attendant - Charles Kusner Don Alhambra de Bolero, the Grand Inquisitor - David Horsfall Marco Palmieri - Rodney Sandwith Giuseppe Palmieri - Adam Kirkaldy; Steven Dippenaar Antonio (Gondoliers) - Jacques Jacobs Franceso - Andrew Thackwray Giorgio - Nico Smith Annibale - Robin Brady The Duchess of Plaza Toro - Ronel Brand; Marilyx Stafford-Meyer Casilda, her daugther - Jessica Chalmers; Gaby Joseph Gianetta - Alice Rajuili; Barbara Shapiro Tessa (Contadine) - Natalie Lotkin; Orna Shifren Fiametta - Deena Isserow Vittoria - Nicky Venter Giulia - Beverley Chettoa Inez, the King's Foster Mother - Marilyx Stafford-Meyer; Nicky Restall. Other performers were Members of the Company: The above plus Janet Archbell, Karina Constantine, Dianne Egerton, Dena Kopenhager, [Dianne van der Westhuizen]], Catherine Wilmot, Tony de Beer, Lomon de Jager and Bruce Gearing.

2007: Staged by the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society

Translations and adaptations

Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gondoliers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._S._Gilbert

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Sullivan

D.C. Boonzaier, 1932. "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. 301, 405, 410, 413.

Theatre Programme of Wits student production in 1991.

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