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Rip Van Winkle 1883Mr R D'Oyly Carte's Opera Company

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Opening in London in November 1882, Rip Van Winkle was the first of Planquette's operettas to be composed specifically for the British stage, and added to the success still being enjoyed by Les Cloches de Corneville. Henry Farnie's English libretto seems to have been substantially changed and simplified by Meilhac and Gille in their preparation of the French adaptation.

Richard D'Oyly Carte is indelibly associated with his working relationship with Gilbert and Sullivan. However he did mount work by others, and imported many operettas from France.

Cast taken from The Comet, a 'Theatre Programme and Critical Journal' produced for Dundee Theatre Royal (Dundee City Library Lamb Collection 253(5)).

Further Scottish dates to be added.

Performance Cast

Rip Van Winkle a village Good-for-Nothing

Mr A J Arnold

Derrick Von Hans village Lawyer and Rip's rival

Fred Billington

Peter Van Dunk Burgomaster of Sleepy Hollow

Charles Ashford

Diedrich Knickerbocker village Schoolmaster and local Poet

Mr W T Hemsley

Captain Hugh Rowley of the British Army

Harold Russell

Nick Vedder Landlord of the George lll Inn

David Fisher jnr

Gretchen wife of Rip Van Winkle

Esme Lee


Miss M Oakley


Marie Wynter

Little Hardcase

Sophie Anderson

Tom Tit

Miss A Kleine

Hans Derrick's Nephew, as a child

Minnie Marsden

Alice Rip's daughter, as a child

Lila May

Katrina a village Flirt, daughter of Nick Vedder

Lottie Venne

Captain Hendrick Hudson of the Goblin

Fred Billington

First Lieutenant of the Goblin

John Child

Second Lieutenant of the Goblin

Miss M Oakley

Third Lieutenant of the Goblin

Marie Wynter

Alice Van Winkle Rip's daughter as an adult

Esme Lee

Lieutenant Hans Van Slous of the US Frigate Constitution - Hans as an adult

John Child

Jan Vedder Proprietor of George lll Inn, Nick's son as an adult

David Fisher jnr

Max Schneider rural postman

Marie Wynter

Performance DatesRip Van Winkle 1883

Map List

Theatre Royal, Dundee | Dundee

5 Feb, 19.30 6 Feb, 19.30 7 Feb, 19.30 8 Feb, 19.30 9 Feb, 19.30 10 Feb, 19.00

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