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Congenial Souls
Written by
J. H. RYLEY1
Music after
OFFENBACH(?)

Said to have been first produced at Princess Theatre, Edinburgh, 3 October 1878, fide Nicoll, but see below.

Nicoll lists only this play under the author. Neither this, nor any other play by Ryley is in the British Library. No copy of the play in the Lord Chamberlain's collection.

Fide Cyril Rollins, played on tour between 9th September and 7th December 1878 with the cast: E. Wadmore [?error for Walter Wadmore], George Mudie, Florence Trevellyan, Madeleine Lucette and Kate Allwood. Ryley was also on this tour.

[1] J.H. Ryley was a well-known actor of the time. He had toured briefly for D'Oyly Carte in 1878, and created General Stanley in the American premiere of The Pirates of Penzance. Staying temporarily in the U.S.A. he played the comic leads in a number of the G&S operas in the 1880s, then returning to England. He died on 28 July 1922, aged 81. We know of no other writings by him.


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