by Alfred Cellier

comic opera in three acts
Musicals, Opera
Music by Alfred Cellier Written by B.C Stephenson
2121 - 1.crt.0.1.0 - timp - drums - strings
First Performance
1886, Gaiety Theatre, London, UK
Published by Warner/Chappell. Administered for hire and stage rights worldwide (excluding North America, Germany, Austria and Switzerland) by Faber Music Ltd
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The Story
(Rural Kent in 1740)
The plot surrounds the Squire’s daughter, Dorothy and her cousin Lydia, who, tired of the social rounds,
decide to pose as villagers during the festival of the Hop Pole, (An annual celebration occurring in the
vicinity of the Hop Pole Inn), at the end of the Hop picking season.  It so happens that Geoffrey a “young
English gentleman”, and his friend Harry, under assumed names, are using the Hop Pole Inn as a hideout to escape Lurcher, a Sheriff’s officer who has been chasing them with a bundle of writs.  The men and girls are mutually attracted but neither pair knows the other’s true identity.  Lurcher arrives on the scene and is tricked into posing as a servant to the two men when they visit the house of the Squire. There is a faked burglary, Lurcher dines too well, identities are exposed but the end is obvious and happy.   
Principal Characters (plus Chorus)
Sir John
Mrs Privett 
Principal Musical Numbers 
Be Wise In Time (Dorothy, Lydia, Phyllis)
Hark For’ard (Dorothy, Chorus)
With A Welcome To All (Sir John, Chorus) 
Queen Of My Heart (Harry)
The Time Has Come (Phyllis)


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