King Kodak is a burlesque by Arthur Branscombe with music by John Crook, Walter Slaughter, Edward Solomon, Alfred Plumpton, Milton Wellings, Herman von der Fink and Lionel Monckton. It opened at Terry's Theatre on 30 April 1894 where it achieved 63 performances.
The slight plot concerned an English explorer who finds gold in Africa and has built up a buffer state round his mines over which he rules, and which has grown large enough to be of interest to the world's powers.
| JAMES SOUTH (the Kodak, a Ruby King)
|| Mr. Edward Terry
| DICK DASHAWAY (his Medical Adviser)
|| Mr. Charles Danby
| ADMIRAL SIR WILLIAM BROADSIDES, R.N.
|| Mr. George Giddens
| MR. M. T. HEAD (the Kodak's Chaplain)
|| Mr. Compton Coutts
| HUGH E. FOOTE (the Kodak's Attorney)
|| Mr. Huntley Wright
| LORD DEADBROKE (the Kodak's Private Secretary)
|| Mr. E. H. Kelly
| LIEUTENANT JACK BROADSIDES, R.N.
|| Mr. Geo. De Pledge
| CHARLIE BROADSIDE (a Middy)
|| Miss Ada Barry
| HARRY VERNON (a Trader)
|| Mr. J. Thompson
| SERJEANT O'FLYNN (Officer of Marines)
|| Mr. F. W. Trott
| BOLEGNULA (a Native King)
|| Mr. W. Edwards
| HILDA SOUTH (the Kodak's Daughter)
|| Miss Violet Robinson
| LETITIA GUSHINGTON (Sir William's Sister-in-Law)
|| Miss Margaret Ayrtoun
| (her Nieces)
| Miss Mabel Love
Miss Eva Levens
| DORA NIGHTINGALE (a Nurse)
|| Miss Lizzie Ruggles
| FRANKIE DASHAWAY (Dick's Sister)
|| Miss Amy Saunders
| MILLIE TARRY
| (Ladies of Fashion)
| Miss Blanche Barnett
Miss Marie Lascelles
Miss Violet Friend
Miss Irene Du Foye
| KITTY SEABROOK (Hilda's Companion)
|| Miss Kate Vaughan
ACT I - Admiralty House, Tautmouth.
- No. 1 - Opening Chorus - "Hail to the Kodak in triumph advancing, latest of lions by royal decree..."
- No. 2 - Song - Sir William & Chorus - "If you want to be successful in these days of swift progression..."
- No. 3 - Duet - Violet & Lillie - "We're a pair of simple maidens, two such simple little maidens..."
- No. 4 - Ballad - Hilda - "They may teach thee to forget me, thy love may last a-while..."
- No. 5 - Song - Dick - "A medical student am I, and very delighted to see ye..." (four verses)
- No. 6 - Reception Chorus, and Song - Kodak - "Hurrah! Hurrah!" & "I'm the head of a corps diplomatic..."
- No. 7 - Spanish Dance
- No. 8 - Solo and Chorus - Kitty - "A maiden lived demurely, in village home securely..." (four verses)
- No. 9 - Topical Song - (soloist unspecified)
- "I've been living in the tropics and have long'd to know the topics..." (four verses)
- No. 10 - Duet & Pas de Deux - Dora & Dick - "We often hear the world's a stage, and yet 'tis no romance..." (** see below)
- No. 11 - Trio - Dick, Kodak, & Dora, with Chorus - "Of course you did the usual rounds when you were up in London..."
- No. 12 - Song - Jack & Chorus - "There are people who complain that old England's on the wane..."
- No. 13 - Finale Act I - "The Anchor's weighed - our captain's gig awaits you..."
ACT II - "Kodakoria."
- No. 14 - Opening Chorus - "A-yah! Ayah! tow homai! tow homai! ... Hail to his nibs whose domain's territorial..."
- No. 15 - Song - Love is King - (soloist unspecified)
- "Oh come, my love, to me, I wait and sigh..."
- No. 16 - Reception Chorus - "Welcome the tropical, topical chief, whose lofty importance surpasses belief..."
- No. 17 - Song - Kodak & Chorus - "I'm the Kodakorian ruler, and the great Imperial schooler..." (four verses)
- No. 18 - Song - Dick Dashaway - "If you feel a little chippy, low and strange..." (three verses)
- No. 19 - Trio - Head, Foote, Dick Dashaway & Chorus - "I am his Nib's confidential adviser..." (four verses)
- No. 20 - Song - Ah! Men - (soloist unspecified)
- "Little girls, they tell me, never ought to think about a man..."
- No. 21 - Song, Chorus & Dance - (soloist unspecified)
- "I am a merry mannikin who goes about a lot..." (four verses)
- No. 22 - Irish Song - Kodak - "Mick Brannigan gave a big party, just to cilebrate Murphy's rilease..." (three verses)
- No. 23 - Ballad - Frankie & Chorus - "Where the tide is flowing, flowing to the land..."
- No. 24 - Song - Italiano Rusticano - (soloist unspecified)
- "When I firs-a came-a to this-a countree..." (three verses)
- No. 25 - Tarantella (with piccolo)
- No. 26 - Song & Chorus - The Hot Cross Bun Brigade - (soloist unspecified)
- "We are the Kodak's trusted nurses..."
- No. 27 - Trio & Dance - (soloists unspecified)
- "We come from the land of the Ostrich plumes..."
- No. 28 - Finale Act II - "I'm a democratic king, yes! And my subjects love to sing, yes!..."
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