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Viennese Blood 1954Daubeny Vienna Operetta

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A Viennese Operetta Company was introduced by Peter Daubeny Presentations Ltd by arrangement with Eugene Iskoldoff Productions. A three week London season opened at the Stoll Theatre on 16 August. This was followed by a national tour through to December. The schedule included Glasgow (Sep 13), Aberdeen (Sep 27), Edinburgh (Oct 4), Blackpool (Oct 11), Manchester (Oct 18),  Birmingham (Nov 1), Leeds (Nov 8), Liverpool (Nov 15), Bristol (Nov 22), Bournemouth (Nov 29) and Cardiff (Dec 6).

The operettas presented were by Lehár (Merry Widow), Kálmán (Gypsy Princess) and Strauss (Wiener Blut). Alone of the three, the Strauss appears to have been thought to require the services of a Narrator, drawn from the company, to make events comprehensible to the British (or at least non-Viennese) public.

Artists were drawn from the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper, the Munich Operetta and the opera houses of Stuttgart, Bern and Graz. The company was claimed to have 60 artists including full chorus and ballet, with an orchestra of 28.

Cast details are from a programme in Aberdeen City Library.

Glasgow and Edinburgh dates to be confirmed

Performance Cast

Prince Ypsheim-Gindelbach Prime Minister of Reuss-Schleiz-Greiz

Fritz Diestel

Count Balduin Zedlau Ambassador of Reuss-Schleiz-Greiz in Vienna

Karl Terkal

Countess Gabriele Count Zedlau's wife

Christine von Widmann

Count Bitowski

Willy Scherdeck

Countess Bitowski

Augusta Ripper

Franziska Cagliari Franzi, a dancer at the Kärntnertor Theater

Eleonore Bauer

Kagler Cagliari's father, a fairground proprietor

Fritz Imhoff

Pepi Pleininger a mannequin

Franzi Wachmann

Josef Count Zedlau's valet

Tony Niessner

Anna Cagliari's maid

Erika Fischer

Marquis de la Fassade a diplomat

Hubert Weiser

Lord Percy a diplomat

Elmar Gunsch

Duke of Lugando a diplomat

Fred Kypta

Count Razumov a diplomat

Wladimir Rejthar

Baron von Pitzelberg a diplomat

Karl Frey

Proprietor of the Casino at Hietzing

Karl Kroll

Lisi a laundrymaid

Margarethe Cornell

Lori a laundrymaid

Hilde Langauer

Grenadier

Anton Bauer

Guardsman

Kurt Schuh

Waiter

Hubert Winter

Performance DatesViennese Blood 1954

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

29 Sep, 19.30 2 Oct, 14.30

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