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The New Barmaid
Wed 5 April 2017, 14:00 – 17:00 BST
The New Barmaid - music by John Crook (Avenue Theatre, London 1896)
The George Edwardes Musical Comedy Society present a complete revival of this 1896 production. With audience participation in the play-reading and songs.
To be presented free of charge on Wednesday 5 April 2017
at Westminster Reference Library
at 2.00 pm for a 2.30 pm start
a complete revival of the early British musical comedy play
For more information please visit: www.musicalcomedysociety.co.uk
Even amongst the relatively limited numbers of people who are aware of the huge impact which was brought to bear on the London, the provincial, the British colonial and the mainland European stage by the early British musical comedy theatre, the name of John Crook — the composer of The New Barmaid — is hardly going to come readily to mind. But John Crook's accomplishments were nonetheless extremely significant for the development of the musical comedy genre.
The names of such composers as Lionel Monckton and Paul Rubens are better known because their work rose to prominence because of their associations with the major musical stage impresarios of the time. They could thus have their work showcased in the most famous theatres of the day.
Although the work of John Crook was not showcased in the same manner in London, it doesn't follow that his work was not presented to huge numbers of people. His large audiences constituted the many people who savored his work on the touring circuits of theatres.
The staggering fact is that The Lady Slavey — which started its stage career at the Theatre Royal, Northampton in 1893 — went on touring year after year for almost a couple of decades. The New Barmaid — which began its stage career at the Opera House, Southport in 1895 — carried on in the same manner. It was never off the provincial touring scene from 1895 until 1911. An experience of the musical play can demonstrate why.