Theatre: Royal Opera House – Cairo
Performance: The Mikado
Main Actors: The Cairo Amateur Dramatic & Musical Society
This fascinating theatre programme is for the performance of The Mikado performed by the Cairo Amateur Dramatic & Musical Society in 1944 -1945 at the Royal Opera House in Cairo, Egypt. The programme has interesting Egyptian advertisements including: Oil burner central heating J. Buhagiar & Co; a skating rink; Shell Oil. Some of the advertisements are companied by illustrations. The cast list is presented across pages numbered 12 and 13.
There is a red ribbon book mark attached to the programme with a shield-shaped card at the end, illustrated with a horse with wings and the words Socony-Vacuum printed beneath the illustration; on the reverse, there is an illustration of an oil can with Egyptian text.
The Mikado is a popular comic opera and was written by Gilbert & Sullivan and was first performed in London in 1885. Gilbert & Sullivan were a prolific and successful two-man team who created fourteen comic operas together (The Mikado being their 9th) over a period of around 25 years. William S. Gilbert, born in London, (1836-1911) was a successful lyricist, poet and illustrator. Arthur S. Sullivan was the composer, also born in London, (1842-1900), the son of a military band master.
The programme consists of numbered pages from 1-24 not including the cover pages, however in total the programme has 28 pages including front and back cover pages; approx. H24cm x W18cm.