First produced in 1880 at the Imperial Theatre, London,
and a few months later at the Standard Theater, New York.
| BILLEE TAYLOR (a "virtuous gardener", in love with Phoebe)
|| Mr. Frederic Rivers
| SIR MINCING LANE (one of the "nouveau-riche")
|| Mr. Arthur Williams
| CRAB (a schoolmaster with a longing to be a genuine villain)
|| Mr. J. A. Arnold
| CAPTAIN FLAPPER (of "H. M. S. Thunderball")
|| Mr. Fleming Norton
| BEN BARNACLE
|| Mr. J. D. Stoyle
| ARABELLA LANE (daughter of Sir Mincing Lane)
|| Miss Emma Chambers
| PHOEBE (a Charity Girl)
|| Miss Kathleen Corri
(The above details have been derived from an article in Kurt Ganzl's
"Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre.")
Synopsis of Scenery
| ACT I
|| - The Village Green of the village of Southampton Water.
| ACT II
|| - On board "H. M. S. Thunderball" at Portsmouth.
ACT I - The Village Green of the village of Southampton Water.
- No. 1 - Opening Chorus of Peasants, with Solo - Crab - "Today, today is holiday..."
- No. 2 - Ballad - Billee Taylor - "Let others prate of grand estate, I envy not such station..."
- No. 3 - Duett - Arabella and Billee - "If you were a maiden, and I were a youth..."
- Nos. 4 & 5 - Chorus of Charity Girls, and Song - Phoebe - "Though we're bred upon charity, we have lots of hilarity..."
- No. 5a - Chant - Charity Girls - "Always seem to be modest and bashful..." (unaccompanied and in unison)
- No. 5b - Entrance of Peasants
- No. 6 - Song - Sir Mincing Lane and Chorus - "Many years ago I made a start with nothing, as a grocer's boy..."
- No. 6a - Reprise for Exit of Chorus - "For a self made man you see is he..."
- No. 7 - Song - Phoebe - "A modest maid, precise and staid..."
- No. 8 - Trio - Arabella, Capt. Flapper, and Crab - "Revenge! Revenge! and retribution..."
- No. 9 - Sailors' Chorus - "She can swim like a duck, and her flag's never struck..."
- No. 10 - Romance - Ben Barnacle - "The yarn as I'm about to spin is all on account of Eliza..."
- No. 10½ - For Exit of Chorus - "All on account, all on account, all on account of Eliza..."
- No. 11 - Song - Eliza - "How I love my Benjamin, Benny!..."
- No. 12 - Wedding Chorus - "Hark! the merry marriage bells! Ding-a-ding-dong! ding-a-ding!..."
- No. 13 - Finale - Act I - "'Tis hard by fate thus to be parted..."
ACT II - On board "H. M. S. Thunderball" at Portsmouth.
- No. 13a - Entr'acte
- No. 14 - Act II Opening Chorus - "Back again! Back again! Tho' so far they roam..."
- No. 14a - Hornpipe
- No. 15 - Black Cook's Dance
- No. 15a - Reprise of No. 14 for Exit of Chorus - "Back again! Back again! ..."
- No. 16 - Song - Crab - "I'm a villain of the deepest dye..."
- No. 17 - Trio - Sir Mincing, Arabella and Billee - "Most gallant skimmer of the sea, my son in law, that is to be..."
- No. 18 - Song - Phoebe and Charity Girls - "I followed my darling Bill to sea..."
- No. 19 - Duet and Chorus - Billee, Phoebe, and Charity Girls - "In days gone by our sires would try to be to all polite..."
- No. 19a - Reprise for Exit of Girls - "Just like that!..."
- No. 20 - Trio - Capt. Flapper, Phoebe, and Susan - "A trim little craft was Phoebe..."
- No. 21 - Chorus of Volunteers, with Sir Mincing Lane - "With fife and drum we bravely come..."
- No. 21a - Entrance of Barnacle and Sailors
- No. 22 - Concerted Piece - "Don't go for to leave us, Richard Carr, we know what a messmate true you are..."
- No. 22a - Reprise for Exit - "Love! love! love!..."
- No. 23 - Concerted Piece - "See here, my lads, what would you do if you should find your love untrue..."
- No. 23a - Melos
- No. 24 - Concerted Piece and Quarreling Duet - "Stay, stay, for I am no man; Stay, stay, I am a woman!..."
- No. 25 - Grand Finale - "This is a statement most untoward, can Billee Taylor be a coward?..."
Note: the available copy of the score is in poor condition and some editorial reconstruction has been necessary.
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