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Faust 1918Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Cast details are taken from the review in the Scotsman (22 February). 

"Gounod last night was as potent an attraction as the fashionable Puccini of the previous evening.  There was an additional interest attached to the performance of an opera which is always popular in the presence of a new Marguerite, Miss Laila Miranda, a recent addition to the ranks of the Carl Rosa Company.  With a number of qualities making for success in the character, Miss Miranda lacks a little in force, and while there was much that was attractive in her share in the garden and church scenes, she did not quite attaain the due suggestion of climax in the prison scene.   Mr Edward Davies, and Mr Arthur Winckworth, as Faust and Mephistopheles respectively, repeated successes which have now become familiar.  The Siebel of Miss Phyllis Archibald was a delightful performance, and there was an insistent demand for a repition of 'When All was young.'.  The Valentine was a newcomer, Mr James Pursail, who gave a fine reading of the part, both vocally and dramatically.  Seldom has 'Even Bravest Hearts' been so well sung in Edinburgh, and there was a gripping force in the death scene which was quite out of the usual run.  Miss Jean Wilson as Martha and Mr George Gorst as Wagner completed the cast.  The chorus was good, and would have been better with some slackening of the tempi, and the stage band got rather astray.  Mr Herbert Ferrers conducted."

The Edinburgh Evening News (22 February) reviewed the same performance. "The Lyceum Theatre was crowded in every part last night, when the Carl Rosa Opera Company gave a brilliant performance of Faust.  While the bulk of the work devolves upon the principals, the Fair scene was a delightful piece of stage realism, full of movement and vivacity; while the singing of the chorus was tueneful and well balanced."

The touring schedule for Scotland during the year 1918 was as follows:-

The season consisted two weeks at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum, then four weeks at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal. Following a break of two months or so, the company returned to Glasgow for four weeks and finally a week back at the Royal Lyceum.

w/c Mon 18 Feb Tannhauser; Tue Carmen; Wed Madam Butterfly; Thu Faust; Fri Bohème; Sat m Tales of Hoffmann; Sat e Maritana.

w/c Mon 25 Feb Cav and Pag; Tue Bohème; Wed Merry Wives of Windsor; Thu Tales of Hoffmann; Fri Mignon; Sat m Madam Butterfly; Sat e Trovatore.

w/c Mon 4 Mar Carmen; Tue Tannhauser; Wed Bohème; Thu Faust; Fri Madam Butterfly; Sat m Tales of Hoffmann; Sat e Trovatore.

w/c Mon 11 Mar Cav and Pag; Tue Mignon; Wed Tales of Hoffmann; Thu Merry Wives of Windsor; Fri Bohème; Sat m Madam Butterfly; Sat e Maritana.

w/c Mon 18 Mar Tannhauser; Tue Bohème; Wed Trovatore; Thu Tales of Hoffmann; Fri Jeanie Deans; Sat m Carmen; Sat e Faust.

w/c Mon 25 Mar Madam Butterfly; Tue Carmen; Wed Jeanie Deans; Thu Cav and Pag; Fri Mignon; Sat m Tannhauser; Sat e Bohemian Girl.

w/c Mon 24 Jun Tannhauser; Tue Bohème; Wed Tales of Hoffmann; Thu Don Giovanni; Fri Carmen; Sat m Madam Butterfly; Sat e Trovatore.

w/c Mon 1 Jul Jeanie Deans; Tue Cav and Pag; Wed Mignon; Thu Madam Butterfly; Fri Marriage of Figaro; Sat m Tales of Hoffmann; Sat e Faust.

w/c Mon 8 Jul Merry Wives of Windsor; Tue Madam Butterfly; Wed Don Giovanni; Thu Dante and Beatriceand Pagliacci; Fri Tannhauser; Sat m Jeanie Deans; Sat e Carmen.

w/c Mon 15 Jul Mignon; Tue Faust; Wed Tannhauser; Thu RigolettoFri Dante and Beatrice and Pagliacci; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Tales of Hoffmann.

w/c Mon 22 Jul CarmenTue Dante and Beatrice and Pagliacci; Wed Jeanie Deans; Thu Tales of Hoffmann; Fri Don Giovanni; Sat m Madam ButterflySat e Maritana

Our archivist has been unable to find a programme or review of the single perforamance of Bohemian Girl given on the tour (Saturday 30 March)

Eleven weeks @ seven performances seventy-seven.

Nine Madam Butterfly; Tales of Hoffmann

Seven Carmen; Bohème; Tannhauser.

Five Jeanie Deans; Mignon; Faust

Four Cav and Pag; Trovatore

Three Maritana; Don Giovanni; Dante and Beatrice and Pagliacci; Merry Wives of Windsor

One Rigoletto; Bohemian Girl; Marriage of Figaro

Performance Cast

Faust a learned doctor

Edward Davies


Lalla Miranda

Marthe a neighbour

Jean Wilson

Méphistophélès the devil

Arthur Winckworth

Siébel a student of Dr Faust, in love with Marguerite

Phyllis Archibald

Valentin Marguerite's brother

James Pursail

Wagner a student of Dr Faust

George Gorst

Production Cast


Herbert Ferrers

Performance DatesFaust 1918

Map List

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

21 Feb, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

7 Mar, 19.15 23 Mar, 19.15 6 Jul, 19.15 16 Jul, 19.15

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