1947 - 1948
Venice; Kingdom of Barataria; c 1750
Casilda of Barataria, arrives in Venice with her father, the Duke of Plaza-Toro, to join her husband the heir to the throne of Barataria, to whom she was wedded as an infant in an arranged marriage. But there is a problem: as an infant the Prince was smuggled out of Barataria and entrusted to a drunken gondolier who confused him with his own son. Which one of the two young gondoliers is the husband and heir to the throne? As the King of Barataria has just been killed, both must rule jointly for the time being until Inez, the prince’s former nurse, can be summoned to see which is the rightful king. To complicate the situation, the gondoliers, Marco and Guiseppe, are married to local girls Tessa and Gianetta. Meanwhile, Casilda has fallen in love with her family’s attendant, Luiz. Inez eventually reveals that Luiz was spirited away as an infant and is actually the real king. The gondoliers are happy to step down as co-rulers; Casilda and Luiz are now ready to marry and assume the throne.
Producer: W. A. Atkinson
Musical Director: H. Bramwell Bailey
Dances: Evelyn Williams