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1) A 1911 three-act play written by Edward Knoblock.

2) A 1953 musical with lyrics and musical adaptation (as well as some original music) by Robert Wright and George Forrest. [1]

The original text

The musical was adapted from the music of Alexander Borodin, and a book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis, based on the play by Edward Knoblock.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1973: Performed by PACT as their first musical. Directed by Anthony Farmer (who also designed the sets, with costumes by Neels Hansen), and featuring Lawrence Folley, Gé Korsten, Barbara Veenemans, Kerry Jordan and Iris Chapple starred in this musical at the Civic Theatre

1991: Staged by the Port Elizabeth Gilbert & Sullivan Society.


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