y Populaire : a comic opera in three acts single work   musical theatre   humour   - Three acts
First known date: 1882 Issue Details: First known date: 1882 1882
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The story satirises the excessive devotion to field sports, rowing and other muscular exercises. The cast includes a female chorus of lawn tennis players and a male chorus of bookies.


  • A rehearsal was opened to persons by invitation in 1882, and a public rehearsal given in 1884. The first full performance was at Government House on 7 December 1886.

Production Details

  • 1882: W. H. Palings Rooms, Sydney; 9 September [two acts performed only]

    1884: W. H. Palings Rooms (Syd); 19 Apr.

    • Cast incl. Mr Morgan, F. J. Hallewell, Mr Rice, Hector McLean.
    • Musician: Hector McLean (piano).
    • Presented as a public rehearsal.

    1886: Government House (Syd); 7 Dec.

    • Director Thomas Moser; Music Director Hector McLean; Scenic Artist William Kinchela; Stage Manager James H. Rainford.
    • Cast incl. Mrs J. A. Dobbie [or Miss E. A. Foxall], F. J. Halliwell [or Hellewell], A. Parkinson, Mr Monie, E. W. Foxall.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Thomas Moser , 1886 .
      Printed by H. T. Dunn and Co
      Extent: 27p.
      • This publication includes the lyrics only of the songs in the operetta, not the music.
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