The Lady Slavey

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The Lady Slavey is a operetta by George Dance (1857–1932)[1] and John Crook (1852-1922).

The original text

The libretto was written by George Dance (with additional lyrics by Adrian Ross, and others), the music composed by John Crook (with contributions by Henry Wood, Letty Lind, and others). The piece opened at the Royal Avenue Theatre in London on 20 October 1894, and the musical and vocal score published in London by Hopwood & Crew, 1894. A major American adaptation had its premiere at the Casino Theatre on Broadway on 3 February 1896.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1895: The original version was performed by the Wheeler-Edwardes Gaiety Company in the Opera House, Cape Town.

1903: Performed by the Wheeler Company in the Good Hope Theatre, Cape Town.


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 1932. (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: pp.402, 416

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