Cox and Box (The Long Lost Brothers)

  • Burnand, F.C.
  • Sullivan, Arthur
Detailed Instrumentation: Opera Vocal Score
Duration: 70

Cox and Box (or The Long-Lost Brothers), is a one-act comic opera based on the 1847 farce Box and Cox by John Maddison Morton. It was Sullivan’s first successful comic opera, written five years before his first opera with W. S. Gilbert, Thespis. The story concerns a landlord who lets a room to two lodgers, one who works at night and one who works during the day. When one of them has the day off, they meet each other in the room and comic absurdity ensues. The piece premiered in 1866 and was seen a few times at charity benefits in 1867. 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, it was frequently played by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in an abridged version, as a curtain raiser for the shorter Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.


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