Faux Brighton 1

Source gallica.bnf.fr/BnF

The name BRIGHTON seems to hold an enduring fascination for French artists in all disciplines. Here is a first example.

In 1891 Leopold Wenzel, the Italian-born Musical Director of the Empire Theatre in London, wrote the music for a ballet called “By the Sea”. This is the poster for that very same ballet when it transferred to the Olympia in Paris.
The new name did not seem to convince even the French critics that there was much of Brighton in this sparkling ballet … apart, perhaps, from the sparkle.

Gil Blas 14/10/1893 p2
Source gallica.bnf.fr / BnF

 

Here is what a French first-night critic thought of the performance (translation below):

 

 

(c) Suzanne Hinton

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