Music by Alfred Cellier: Written by B.C. Stephenson

Gaiety Theatre, London 25 September, 1886
Standard Theatre, Broadway 5 November, 1887.


(Rural Kent in 1740)

The plot surrounds the Squire's daughter, Dorothy and her cousin Lydia, who, tired of the social rounds, decide to pose as villagers during the festival of the Hop Pole, (An annual celebration occurring in the vicinity of the Hop Pole Inn), at the end of the Hop picking season. It so happens that Geoffrey, a "young English gentleman", and his friend Harry, under assumed names, are using the Hop Pole Inn as a hideout to escape Lurcher, a Sheriff's officer who has been chasing them with a bundle of writs. The men and girls are mutually attracted but neither pair knows the other's true identity. Lurcher arrives on the scene and is tricked into posing as a servant to the two men when they visit the house of the Squire. There is a faked burglary, Lurcher dines too well, identities are exposed, but the end is obvious and happy.


  • Dorothy (soprano)
  • Lydia (mezzo)
  • Geoffrey (tenor)
  • Sir John (baritone)
  • Lurcher (baritone)
  • Harry (baritone)
  • Phyllis (contralto)
  • Mrs Privett (non-singing)


  1. Be Wise In Time (Dorothy, Lydia, Phyllis)
  2. To Bed
  3. Are You Sure That They Are All in Bed?
  4. I Hear the Quarter Chime
  5. Under the Pump
  6. Lads and Lasses
  7. Hark For'ard! (Away) (Dorothy, Chorus)
  8. Dorcas
  9. I Am the Sherrif's Faithful Man
  10. No Time Has Come When I Must Yield
  11. Duke of Berkshire
  12. A Father's Pride and Joy
  13. What Joy Untold
  14. We're Sorry to Delay You
  15. Though Born a Man of High Degree
  16. Contentment I Give You
  17. With A Welcome To All (Sir John, Chorus)
  18. Queen Of My Heart (Harry)
  19. Dancing Is not What It Used to Be
  20. Now Take Your Seats
  21. The Time Has Come (Phyllis)
  22. Who Swore to Be Good and True? (You Swear to Be Good and True)
  23. What Noise Was That?
  24. With Such a Dainty Dame

INSTRUMENTATION (Total number of books = 17)

2 Violins I ; 1 Violin II ; 1 Viola ; 1 Cello/Double Bass ;1 Flute I ; 1 Flute II ; 1 Oboe ; 1 Clarinet I ; 1 Clarinet II ; 1 Bassoon ; 1 Horn I ; 1 Cornet ; 1 Trombone ; 1 Drums ; 1 Timpani ; 1 Conductor Score annotated vocal score


Three acts of one scene each should present little trouble for any company. Choreography calls for many short dances in the period of the piece. In all, it is an easy show to stage and, despite its age, is a delightful musical.