The Rose of Persia

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The Rose of Persia is a two-act comic opera, with music by Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900) [1] and a libretto by Basil Hood (1864-1917)[2].

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Also known as The Rose of Persia, or The Story-Teller and the Slave it opened at the Savoy Theatre, London on 29 November 1899, closing on 28 June 1900 after a profitable run of 211 performances. The piece went on to tour in Britain and internationally.

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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.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 410-11,

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