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Havana is an Edwardian musical comedy in three acts by George Grossmith Jr ()[] and Graham Hill ()[], music by Leslie Stuart ()[], lyrics by Adrian Ross ()[] and George Arthurs ()[].

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The musical premiered on 25 April 1908 at the Gaiety Theatre, London, and the musical score was published in London by Chappell in the same year.

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Performance history in South Africa

1909: Performed by the New Gaiety Company, on tour under the auspices of the Wheeler-Edwardes Company, appearing at the Opera House in Cape Town in May, then opening Pretoria on 7 June and ending with a run at His Majesty’s Theatre in Johannesburg. The large cast included Jack Cannot, Florence Imeson and Doris Greville.




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: p. 431 Go to ESAT Bibliography

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