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Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "The Mikado,or The Town of Titipu" was first performed by the Society in 1908. The production was staged in the Victoria Hall on Smedley Street that had been "kindly lent by James White, Esq." between the 19th and 22nd February. The reviewer in the "Derbyshire Courier" said there had been a crowded audience and concluded that there was a capital chorus[1]. The drawing on the programme cover shows the Victoria Hall; its pavilion and gardens had been opened on 4 June 1896 by Mr. Victor Cavendish, M.P.[2].

The names below have been extracted from the 1908 programme:

The Cast

1. Principal Roles:

The Mikado of Japan ...
Nanki Poo (his son, disguised as a wandering minstrel)
Ko-Ko (Lord High Executioner of Titipu) ..
Pooh-Bah (Lord High Everything Else) ...
Pish-Tush (a Noble Lord) ...
Yum-Yum } ...
Pitti-Sing } Wards of Ko-Ko ...
Peep-Bo } Three sisters ...
Katisha (an elderly lady in love with Nanki-Poo) ...
Mr. Alf S. Gray
Mr. J. Franklin Thomas
Mr. A. Percival
Mr. Arthur W. Bond
Mr. Lew. G. Dickenson[3]
Miss Lily Crawford*
Miss Blanche Newton
Miss Mabel Walker
Mrs. E. H. Charge

*Miss Lily Crawford was 'Of the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden'.

2. Chorus:

Miss H. Abbott
Miss M. Bannister
Miss A. Barton
Miss E. Basquil
Miss E. M. Bailey
Miss. D. Clay
Miss Charlesworth
Miss J. Dickenson
Miss A. Fowkes
Miss H. M. Hart
Miss M. Hutchings
Miss Hackney
Miss L. Johnson
Miss E. Kirkland
Miss M. Leslie
Miss V. Moody
Miss F. Parkin
Miss A. Plant
Miss A. E. Rowland
Miss M. Speed
Miss C. Vearnals
Miss I. Walker
Miss A. Wall
Miss C. Wall
Miss N. Warner
Miss J. Wilson

Mr. S. R. Baumber
Mr. E. Bidulph
Mr. J. W. Boden
Mr. E. H. Charge
Mr. P. Clay
Mr. T. Coates
Mr. E. Cusack
Mr. G. S. Dakin
Mr. W. Ellis
Miss H. E. Giles
Mr. A. S. Garner
Mr. A. P. Ghent
Mr. F. Gillott
Mr. P. J. Haynes
Mr. W. G. Housley
Mr. W. Hockliffe
Mr. G. Knowles
Mr. A. Mackenzie
Mr. H. Roberts
Mr. W. H. Roberts
Mr. W. H. Sharp
Mr. E. Smith
Mr. G. Taylor
Mr. G. F. Ward
Mr. M. Williams
Mr. F. Wright

The Orchestra

(under the direction of Mr. G. W. Johnstone)

Leader ...
Accompanist ...
Mr. W. Daltry, L.R.A.M.
Mrs. J. Franklin Thomas

Society Officials

Vice- Presidents:
Hon Victor Cavendish, P.C., M.P.
J. B. Marsden-Smedley, Esq., J.P., C.C.
Dr. William Moxon, J.P.
Hy. Challand, Esq.
A. Büttgen, Esq.
W. Tanzer, esq.
James White, Esq.
Mrs. Cecil Sharpe
Miss A. E. Goodwin

Committee and Officers

Chairman & Hon. Treasurer ...
Hon. Secretary ...
Hon. Musical Director ...
Hon Stage Managers ...

Hon. Registrar ...
Hon. Accompanist ...

Mr. Wm. Basquil
Mr. E. H. Charge
Mr. Geo. W. Johnstone
{ Mr. Arthur W. Bond
{ Mr. J. A. M. Sinclair
Mrs. E. H. Charge
Mrs. J. F. Johnstone

Mr. T. H. Brown
Mr. T. Coates
Mr. L. G. Dickenson

Mr. C. McGhie
Mr. W. H. Sharp
Mr. Geo. F. Ward

Advertisers, with selected advertisements

(all Matlock, unless indicated)

Fredk. Adams, Crown Square - Saddler &c. (below)
H. Bailey, Matlock Bank - Dispensing Chemist
H. Barnwell, Watchmaker, Jeweller &c. (below)
Basquil & Co., Ladies' and Gents' Tailors
J. E. Beard, Crown Square - General and Fancy Draper - see advertisement
E. Bridge, 1 Alexandra Buildings, Dale Road - Toys and Fancy Goods
Crown Hotel, Matlock Bridge (W. Tanzer, proprietor)
A. E. Davis, M.P.S., The Pharmacy (below)
De La Court, Smedley Street - Confectioner & Restaurant
Hall & Co. Crown Hardware Stores, Dale Road - Seed merchants and dealers in horticultural tools and sundries
Hill's Cromford brewery Co., Ltd., Cromford, Matlock Bath
Geo. Hodgkinson, General Printers
T. Kirkham, Crown Square & Smedley Street - Family and Surgical Bootmaker
Madame Edwina, Linacre, Matlock Bath - Modiste
Manchester Store (below)
H. C. Rackstraw, Station Yard - Coal Merchant
Radford's Music Store, Bank Road
T. Sharp & Son, Complete House Furnishers (below)
W. N. Statham, The Studio - Photographic Artist (above)
G. F. Ward, Smedley Street - Ladies' and Gentlemans' Tailor (below)
Welch & Co, The Green - Family Grocers, Wine & Spirit Merchants

Most of those advertising can be found in contemporary Trade Directories. See Twentieth Century Directories.
An advertisement from this production and two from the 1910 programme can be found on Matlock at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century.
Another advertisement from the1910 programme is included on Matlock: Crown Square, 1901.

From an original programme in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Transcribed, page written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.


[1] "Derbyshire Courier", 22 February 1908.
[2] "Derby Mercury" 27 May 1896.
[3] Lew Dickenson was to be killed in the First World War. He is commemorated on both Matlock's War Memorial and that of Matlock Bath.