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Hansel and Gretel 1930Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Glasgow Herald (7 Apr) referred to there being only two changes from the cast on 27 March.

"Humperdinck's opera was chosen as the matinee piece, and it drew a a full attendance, which included a large percentage of young folk, to whom, doubtless, the fairy story appeals as well as the delightful music to which it is wedded. The cast showed two changes from that which appeared on 27 March, Miss Rispah Goodacre taking the part of Hansel and Miss Diana Manners that of the Sandman.  The singing and acting were alike pleasing, and delighted the large audience, which was also charmed by the graceful ballet that preceded the opera and in which Miss Ailne, the producer, was premiere danseuse, Mr Richard Austin conducted."

The Scotsman reviewer on 21 April welcomed the return of the work after an absence of some years. 'Not the least enjoyable feature of Saturday's performance was the presence in the audience of a large number of children, obviously as delighted with the opera as their elders. Two of the Company's latest recruits, the Misses Myrtle Stewart and Audrey Mildmay were Hansel and Gretel respectively. They were very convincing and engaging children - it was strange to recall that on previous evenings they had been equally satisfactory as Siebel and Micaela respectively - and they sang the music with an ingenuous charm.'

According to the Scotsman of 28 March, reviewing the performance at the Theatre Royal, "the opera was preceded by a ballet, with the music from 'Casse-Noisette' suite (Tchaikowsky), and the solo efforts by the principal dancer, Miss Ailne Phillips, were well received".

The Carl Rosa's Scottish tour in spring 1930 began on 24 March and consisted of three weeks in Glasgow (Theatre Royal) and one in Edinburgh (Lyceum).

The 1930 season in Scotland consisted of three weeks in Glasgow at the Theatre Royal followed by one in Edinburgh at the Lyceum. the performances were as follows:-

First week Monday 24 March Trovatore; Tuesday Cav and Pag; Wednesday Flying Dutchman; Thursday Hansel and Gretel; Friday Messalina; Saturday matinee Butterfly and evening Faust.

Second week Monday 31 March Flying Dutchman;Tuesday Carmen; Wednesday Rhinegold; Thursday Tales of Hoffman; Friday Boheme; Saturday natinee Hansel and Gretel; Saturday evening Maritana.

Third week Monday 7 April Tannhauser; Tuesday Butterfly; Wednesday Siegfried; Thursday Cav and Pag; Friday Rigoletto; Saturday matinee Flying Dutchman; Saturday evening Carmen.

Fourth week Monday14 April Butterfly; Tuesday Rigoletto; Wednesday Carmen; Thursday Faust; Friday Flying Dutchman; Saturday matinee Hansel and Gretel; Saturday evening Trovatore.

During the Scottish leg of the tour, two performances of Cav and Pag were given. The remaining performances involved fourteen different operas.

Performance Cast


Audrey Mildmay


Myrtle Stewart

Gertrude mother of Hansel and Gretel

Monica Warner

Peter a broom maker and father of Hansel and Gretel

Frederic Collier

Dew Fairy

Ruby McGilchrist


Bessie Weir


Irene Dobbyn

Performance DatesHansel and Gretel 1930

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

27 Mar, 19.15 5 Apr, 14.00

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

19 Apr, 14.00

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