YAOS Past Productions > The Mountebanks - 1911
Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society
The Assembly Rooms
Princes Street, Yeovil
Miss M Hook, Mr F C Hook & Mr W J Horrex in 'The Mountebanks'
(Copied from the YAOS Souvenir Pictorial Record 1902-1930)
The Mountebanks is a comic opera in two acts with music by Alfred Cellier and Ivan Caryll and a libretto by W. S. Gilbert. The story concerns a magic potion that causes the person to whom it is administered to become what he or she has pretended to be. It is similar to several "magic lozenge" plots that Gilbert had proposed to the composer Arthur Sullivan, earlier in their association, but that Sullivan had rejected. To set his libretto to music, Gilbert turned to Cellier, who had previously been a musical director for Gilbert and Sullivan and had since become a successful composer. During the composition of the piece Cellier died and the score was finished by Ivan Caryll, the original production's musical director, who had become a successful composer of Edwardian Musical Comedy. The opera was first produced at the Lyric Theatre, London in 1892. It also toured extensively, had a short Broadway run, American tours and Australian productions. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)