The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex

We presented Cox and Box or “the long lost brothers” by F. C. Burnand with music by Sir Arthur Sullivan which was linked with “Excerpts and Party Pieces” from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas held on Sunday 10th March 2013

at the Players’ Theatre Hurstpierpoint.



or The Long Lost Brothers

by F. C. Burnand, with music by Sir Arthur Sullivan,

together with excerpts from various G & S operas,

at The Players Theatre, Hurstpierpoint,

on Sunday 10th March 2013 at 2.45 and 6.45pm.

Director: Susan Fleet

Assistant Director: Belinda Sharp

Musical Director and accompanist: Christine Colbourne

Compère: Laurence Leng

 COX & BOX  

James John Cox A Journeyman Hatter Bill Colbourne

John James Box A Journeyman Printer John Baker

Sergeant Bouncer A Lodging House Keeper with military reminiscences Peter Gacsall

Katharine Collett (soprano): Happy Young Heart, and Sorry Her Lot

Peter Smith (baritone): My Name is John Wellington Wells

Chorus: Hail Poetry, and (with Peter Gacsall) When the Foeman Bares his Steel

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 Peter Gacsall


Chorus: Miya Sama

Richard Nixon (bass baritone): The Mikado's Song

Sylvia Nixon (contralto): Sir Rupert Murgatroyd

Barbara Sayers (soprano): If Somebody There Chanced to Be

Marion Smith & Sally Walker: Although of Native Maids the Cream

Pat Smith & Belinda Sharp: Now Wouldn't You Like to Rule the Roast

Chorus (with John Baker): Search Throughout the Panorama

Katharine Collett (soprano): 'Tis Done! I Am a Bride

Pat Smith (soprano): When Maiden Loves

Belinda Sharp, Susan Fleet & Laurence Leng: Long Years Ago, and Prithee Pretty Maiden

Finale (the company): Dance a Cachucha.


John Baker, Bill Colbourne, Katharine Collett, Susan Fleet, Peter Gacsall, Laurence Leng, Sylvia Nixon, Richard Nixon, James Olsworth-Peter, Barbara Sayers, Belinda Sharp, Marion Smith, Pat Smith, Peter Smith, Sally Walker.

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 John Baker, Peter Gacsall, Bill Colbourne

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Bill Colbourne, John Baker

Special thanks to

Bill and Christine Colbourne (for their hospitality and rehearsal venue), Daphne Smith, Richard Nixon, Bob Sampson and The Players Theatre.

Synopsis of Cox& Box

Cox & Box (or The Long Lost Brothers) is a one-act comic opera with a libretto by Frank Burnand and music by Arthur Sullivan. It is based on the 1847, farce Box & Cox by John Maddison Morton -it was Sullivan's first successful comic opera.

The story concerns a landlord who lets a room to two lodgers simultaneously, one who works at night and one who works during the day. When one of them is given the day off, they meet each other in the room and tempers flare. Interestingly, Sullivan wrote this piece five years before his first opera with W. S. Gilbert -Thespis.

Cox & Box premiered in 1866 and was seen a few times at charity benefits in 1867, but once given a professional production in 1869 it became popular, running for 264 performances and enjoying many revivals and further charity performances.

During the 20th century Cox & Box was frequently played by the D'Oyly Carte in a shorter format (as here) as a curtain raiser for the shorter Gilbert & Sullivan operas. It has been played by numerous professional and amateur companies throughout the world and continues to be frequently produced, although it is not as well-known as the Savoy operas.

We hope you enjoyed our production.
Susan Fleet.

This was an amateur production, featuring our own members and friends, but most of our concerts are fully professional

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Susan Fleet, John Baker, Katharine Collett, Sally Walker, Marion Smith

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Pat Smith, Barbara Sayers, Sylvia Nixon

Barbara Sayers, Sylvia Nixon

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Laurence Leng
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Pat Smith
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Susan Fleet, Belinda Sharp

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Bill Colbourne, John Baker

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Bill Colbourne, John Baker

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Susan Fleet, Belinda Sharp

Susan Fleet
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The Players’ Theatre
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