(Shaftesbury, 9 September 1911) was the successor to The Arcadians
. It went back to the Orient that had served so well in Sullivan’s The Mikado
as well as in Sidney Jones’s The Geisha
and San Toy
. It also looked forward to the shows of Ivor Novello in featuring a spectacular earthquake. The sublime waltz The Temple Bell
was sung by Florence Smithson, a coloratura soprano, and it necessitated Monckton writing for a voice very different from those available to him at the Gaiety.
from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2008