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San Toy; orThe Emperor's Own is described as "A Chinese Musical Comedy". It was written by Edward Morton, has lyrics by Harry Greenbank and Adrian Ross and music by
Sidney Jones. The show opened at Daly's Theatre, London, on 21 October 1899, and played for 768 performances, making it the most successful of the Sidney Jones musicals.

San Toy is the daughter of a mandarin but she has been raised as a boy to evade the consequences of a law drafting young ladies into a female regiment serving the Emperor. Her femininity is no secret, however, to Captain Bobby Preston, her naval lover, nor to Fo Hop his would-be Chinese rival. An elopement is forestalled by a new law drafting the sons of mandarins into the army. Rather than be called up, San Toy admits her sex and is put into the ladies' corps where she attracts the amorous attentions of the Emperor. But the stars conveniently decree that he should wed Wun Lung, a large perpetual corporal of the female guard, so San Toy is left free to wed her Bobby.

Dramatis Personæ

San Toy - Daughter of Yen How Miss Marie Tempest
Captain Bobbie Preston - Son of Sir George Bingo Preston Mr. Hayden Coffiin
Yen How - A Mandarin Mr. Rutland Barrington
Sir Bingo Preston - British Consul at Pynka Pong Mr. Fred Kaye
Sing Hi - President of the Board of Ceremonies Mr. Colin Coop
Lieut. Harvey Tucker Mr. Lionel Mackinder
Fo Hop - A Chinese Student Mr. Scott Russell
Fang - A Boatman Mr. McLean
Jewellers of Pynka
     Hu Pi Mr. S. Arrington
     Wai Ho Mr. Murphy
Tartar Guards
     Li Hi Mr. T. H. David
     Li Lo Mr. F. Vigay
Old Mandarin - At Court of Peking Mr. Ackerman May
Li Mr. Huntley Wright
Poppy - Daughter of Sir Bingo Miss Hilda Moody
Dudley - Her Maid Miss Gracie Leigh
Chu - A Widow Miss May Buckley
Wun Lung - Perpetual Corporal of the Emperor's Own Miss Gladys Homfrey
Ko Fan - Of the Emperor's Own Miss Madie Hope
Wives of Yen How
     Yeng Shi Miss F. Collingbourn
     Me Koui Miss Marie Fawcett
     Siou Miss M. Roche
     Shuey Pin Sing Miss F. Allen
     Li Kiang Miss Ethel Hope
     Hu Yu Miss Mary Collette
Trixie Miss Topsy Sinden
Mrs Hartley Streeter Miss Alice Davis
Hon Mrs Hay Stackporle Miss K. Francis
Miss Mary Lambkin Miss Ada Carter
Lady Pickleton Miss Hilda Coral

  • Plot Summary — includes links to MP3 files of excerpts from five of the songs from this show.
  • Comments on San Toy by W. MacQueen-Pope from his book Carriages at Eleven, The Story of the Edwardian Theatre.

External Links
Libretto at the Internet Archive
Vocal Score at the Internet Archive
San Toy at Wikipedia
San Toy at The Guide to Light Opera and Operetta

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