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The Gondoliers


W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

Produced by F H Whitehead

23rd - 27th March, 1926

The story of the opera concerns the young bride of the heir to the throne of Barataria who arrives in Venice to join her husband. It turns out, however, that he cannot be identified, since he was entrusted to the care of a drunken gondolier who mixed up the prince with his own son. To complicate matters, the King of Barataria has just been killed. The two young gondoliers must now jointly rule the kingdom until the nurse of the prince can be brought in to determine which of them is the rightful king. Moreover, when the young queen arrives to claim her husband, she finds that the two gondoliers have both recently married local girls. A last complicating factor is that she, herself, is in love with another man.

The Duke of Plaza-Toro (a Grandee of Spain) F H Whitehead
Luiz (His Attendant) L Wharton
Don Alhambra Del Bolero (The Grand Inquisitor) Harry Smedley
Marco Palmieri Arthur Wilkes
Guiseppe Palmieri Horace Brown
Antonio F W Blease
Francesco G R Allen
Giorgio W F Fitton
Annibale Sydney Shaw
The Duchess of Plaza-Toro Hilda Livsey
Casilda (her daughter) Dorothy Smethurst
Gianetta M Kathleen Davies
Tessa Dorothy I Marshall
Fiametta Queenie Eadington
Vittoria Annie Goodricke
Guilia Doris Prichard
Inez (The Kings Foster Mother) E Blease
Pages Margary Keymer
Bobbie Mallinson
Chorus of Contadine
Gwladys Bailey, Margery Bailey, Elsie Boon, Ivy Bray, Norah Cartwright, Winifred Cottrill, Florence Fallas, Dorothy Hunter, Edith Lakin, Mollie Langton, Dorothy Lawson, Sarah Levine, Alice Milton, Lorna Nowell, Mary Ogden, Kathleen Ousey, Dora Roberts, Edith M Smithies, Doris Wharton
Chorus of Gondoliers
N Austin, R Chadwick, S W Dronsfield, E F Ellsi, A W Eva, H Jones, W D Lawson, F J Milton, J Shore, A Smithies, R J Williams
Hon Musical Director Mr Lee Thistlethwaite
First Violins
Miss C Dunnington ARMCM (leader), Miss m Jarvis, Mr E Johnson, Mr A E Lonsdale
Second Violins Mr John Hood
Mr W Hope
Cello Miss A Shore
Mr H Smithies
Double Bass Mr A Smethurst
Oboe Mr J Bryce
Bassoon Mr Whitaker
Trombone Mr J Walton
Cornet Mr H Carding
Flute Capt J E E E Oakley MC
MR R Gray
Clarionet Mr W Murtagh
Trumpet Mr Wild
Drums Mr S Johnson
Piano Miss D M Thomas
Hon Stage Manager and Electrician A B Mallinson
Hon Assistant Stage Manager J F Harcombe
Hon Assistant Electrician J B Picton
J R Whitaker
Hon Property Master W F Fitton
Dance Arrangers Mrs A B Mallinson
F H Whitehead
Costumes, Wigs, etc by F A SMITH, Manchester
Scenery by Messrs J M BARRETT LTD, Pendleton, Manchester
Make Ups by J STOCKTON, Gorton