The Geisha in concert at Westminster Reference Library on 22nd April
The Geisha, a story of a tea house is an Edwardian musical comedy in two acts. The score was composed by Sidney Jones to a libretto by Owen Hall, with lyrics by Harry Greenbank. Additional songs were written by Lionel Monckton and James Philp.
The Geisha opened in 1896 at Daly’s Theatre in London’s West End, produced by George Edwardes. The original production had the second longest run of any musical up to that time. The cast starred Marie Tempest and C. Hayden Coffin, with dancer Letty Lind and comic Huntley Wright. The show was an immediate success abroad, with an 1896 production in New York and numerous tours and productions in Europe and beyond. It continued to be popular until World War II and even beyond to some degree. The most famous song from the show is “The Amorous Goldfish”.
This once highly popular work is set in Japan and will be presented with specialist singers in semi-acted form with a full score and a full two act script.
Wednesday 22 April, 2020 at 2.00 pm.
Westminster Reference Library, 35 St. Martin’s Street, London WC2H 7HP
Free of charge with free coffee/tea available.