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SADLER'S WELLS OPERA: 1940s

1940-41 SADLER'S WELLS OPERA Season
1941: THE BEGGAR'S OPERA
1941 (27 Jun): THE BEGGAR'S OPERA - John Gay, Frederick Austin; in English (New Theatre)
Powell Lloyd, Sumner Austin, Joan Cross, Hayden Meredith, Joan Collier, Edmund Donlevy, Rhys Williams, John Greenwood, Charles Miller, Gilbert Bailey, John MacDonald, Rose Morris, Myfanwy Edwards, Sybil Hambleton, Victoria Helliwell, Kate Jackson, Rose Carlton, Ronald Steer, Edith Coates, Charles Miller; c:Lawrance Collingwood, producer:Herbert Marshall [8pp; 5.6x4.4; cast list, credits etc.; slightly rumpled, minor foxing, else VG] £4

1941-42 SADLER'S WELLS OPERA Season
1942: RIGOLETTO
1942 (15 & 17 Apr): RIGOLETTO in English (New Theatre)
Ben Williams, Rhys Williams, Victoria Stanley, Tom Williams, Edmund Donlevy, Charles Miller, Ronald Stear, Roderick Lloyd, Barbara Beaumont, Myfanwy Edwards, Sybil Hambleton, Gilbert Bailey, Edith Coates/Rose Morris; c:Herbert Menges, p:Powell Lloyd [8pp, 5x3.75; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

1942-43 SADLER'S WELLS OPERA Season
1943: RIGOLETTO
1943 (29 Jun): RIGOLETTO in English (New Theatre)
Peter Pears (Duke of Mantua!), Rhys Williams, Kate Jackson, Tom Williams, Powell Lloyd, Gilbert Bailey, Charles Miller, Roderick Lloyd, Barbara Beaumont, Rose Carlton, Minnia Bower, Gilbert Bailey, Edith Coates; c:Herbert Menges, p:Powell Lloyd [8pp; 5x3.75; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

1943-44 SADLER'S WELLS OPERA Season
1944: RIGOLETTO
1944 (26 May): THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO in English (New Theatre)
Edmund Donlevy, Rose Hill, Roderick Lloyd, Valetta Iacopi, Nina Barbone, John Hargreaves, Morgan Jones, Elisabeth Abercrombie, Gilbert Bailey, Haydn Meredith, Keturah Sorrell; c:Lawrance Collingwood, p:Kurt Jooss [8pp; 5x3.75; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; slightly grubby, else VG] (£4) SOLD

1944-45 SADLER'S WELLS OPERA Season
1944: THE BARTERED BRIDE
1944 (11 Aug): THE BARTERED BRIDE in English (Princes Theatre)
Gilbert Bailey, Olwen Price, Rose Hill (as Marenka), Charles Miller, Nina Barbone, Peter Pears (as Vasek), Ben Williams (as Jenik), Owen Brannigan (as Kecal), William Booth, Olive Dyer, Rhys Williams, John Havard, June Appleton, Grace Greenway, Bryan Earnshaw, Anita Phillips, Barbara Fewster, Dancers: Sasha Machov and Students of the Sadler's Wells Ballet School; c:Lawrance Collingwood, p:Eric Crozier [4pp, 5x8; cast list, credits, programme note, SWO Company list; with Air Raid Warning; VG] £4

1944 (29 & 31 Aug, 2 Sep): COSI FAN TUTTE in English (Princes Theatre)
Joan Cross, Margaret Ritchie, Peter Pears, John Hargreaves, Rose Hill, Owen Brannigan; c:Lawrance Collingwood, p:Sasha Machov [4pp, 5x8; cast list, credits, programme note; with Air Raid Warning; light vertical bend, else VG] £4
1944-45: COSI FAN TUTTE
1944 (29+30 Dec): COSI FAN TUTTE in English (Princes Theatre)
Joan Cross, Margaret Ritchie, Peter Pears, John Hargreaves, Rose Hill, Owen Brannigan; c:Lawrence Collingwood, chorus master:Reginald Goodall, dir:Sasha Machov [4pp; 5x8; with Air Raid Warning; how many of these are left?] (£4) SOLD

1945-46 SADLER'S WELLS OPERA Season

1945 (12 & 15 June): PETER GRIMES - Britten (Sadler's Wells)
Peter Pears, Joan Cross, Edith Coates, Blanche Turner, Minnia Bowers, Roderick Jones, Valetta Iacopi, Owen Brannigan, Edmund Donlevy, Morgan Jones, Tom Culbert, Frank Vaughan, Leonard Thompson, Olwen Price, George Gorst, Rhys Williams; cond:Reginald Goodall, dir:Eric Crozier [8pp, 5x3.75; cast, chorus list, credits, synopsis etc.; World Premiere was 7 June 1945; VG] (£5) SOLD
1946: March THEATRE WORLD
1946 (Mch): THEATRE WORLD Magazine
Extensive Sadler's Wells Opera feature, including PETER GRIMES (commentary and 10 production photos, w.Peter Pears and Joan Cross), THE BARTERED BRIDE (4 photos w.Arthur Servent and Rose Hill), MADAM BUTTERFLY (5 photos w.Victoria Sladen and Roderick Jones), and notes on leading members of Sadler's Wells Opera (15 photos); also contains review of the re-opening of Covent Garden Opera House (20 Feb 1946), London Theatre news, photos of GOLDEN EAGLE (Bax), SONG OF NORWAY, THE RIVALS (with Edith Evans), Prokofiev's CINDERELLA premiere at the Bolshoi, Festival of English Drama (Arts Theatre), portrait of Wendy Hiller, articles on Broadway, Ivor Novello etc. [40pp; 5.9x8.75; staples rusty, centre pages loose] (£5) SOLD
1945-46: PETER GRIMES
1946 (16 April): PETER GRIMES (Sadler's Wells)
Peter Pears, Joan Cross, Roderick Jones; c:Reginald Goodall, dir:Eric Crozier [16pp; 5x3.6; small red] (£4) SOLD

1946-47 SADLER'S WELLS OPERA Season
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1947-48 SADLER'S WELLS OPERA Season
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1948-49 SADLER'S WELLS OPERA Season
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1949-50 SADLER'S WELLS OPERA Season
1949-50: HUGH THE DROVER
1950 (17 May): HUGH THE DROVER - Vaughan Williams, and Summer Interlude Ballet (Sadler's Wells)
James Johnston, Joyce Gartside, Roderick Jones, Denis Dowling, Olwen Price, George James, c:James Robertson, dir:Powell Lloyd [16pp; 5x3.6; small red; title written on cover] (£4) SOLD

1950 (23 Jun): CARMEN in English (Bristol Hippodrome)
Sadler's Wells Opera: Anna Pollak, James Johnston, Minnia Bower, Denis Dowling, John Probyn, Hervey Alan, Elsie Morison, Marion Studholme, John Wright, John Kentish, c:Michael Mudie, dir:Tyrone Guthrie [cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits, synopsis, chorus list, repertoire for 1 June-1 July etc.; rumpled, else VG] £3

1950 (1 Jul): CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and I PAGLIACCI in English (Bristol Hippodrome)
Sadler's Wells Opera: James McKenna, Kate Jackson, Olwen Price, Hervey Alan, Josephine Proust, Minnia Bower, Frank Sale, Frederick Sharp, John Kentish, Denis Dowling, c:Michael Mudie, dir:Edmund Donlevy, John Moody [cast list, credits, synopses, chorus list, repertoire for 1 June-1 July etc.; rumpled, else VG] £3

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