Haddon Hall

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Haddon Hall is an English light opera with music by Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)[1] and a libretto by Sydney Grundy (1848-1914)[2].

The original text

The opera is based on a nineteenth century legend about Dorothy Vernon's elopement in 1563 with John Manners, son of Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland.

The opera first opened at the Savoy Theatre on 24 September 1892, doing quite well. The work became particularly popular with amateur theatre groups, but since the late 1920s it has seen few productions.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1893: Performed in the Opera House Cape Town by the Lyric Opera Company, as part of their repertoire while touring the country at the time.




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.203-205

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