11 Facts About BC Stephenson


BC Stephenson was an English dramatist, lyricist and librettist.

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BC Stephenson was author or co-author of several long-running shows of the Victorian theatre.

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BC Stephenson's biggest hit was the comic opera Dorothy, which set records for the length of its original run.

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BC Stephenson's writing collaborators included Clement Scott and Brandon Thomas, and composers with whom he worked included Frederic Clay, Alfred Cellier and Arthur Sullivan with whom he wrote The Zoo, which continues to be revived today.

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BC Stephenson's grandfather, named Benjamin Charles Stephenson, was a major-general and later one of the Commissioners of Woods and Forests.

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BC Stephenson's father became a civil servant, rising to become chairman of the Board of Inland Revenue.

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The young BC Stephenson was commissioned into the Middlesex Militia and later entered the civil service.

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BC Stephenson was still using the pseudonym "Bolton Rowe" when he wrote the libretto for Arthur Sullivan's one-act comic opera The Zoo in 1875.

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BC Stephenson then began a writing partnership with Clement Scott, who adopted the matching pen name, "Saville Rowe" .

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BC Stephenson supplied the libretto for a three-act grand opera version of Longfellow's The Masque of Pandora, composed by Alfred Cellier, and presented in Boston in 1881.

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In 1894, BC Stephenson co-wrote a melodrama with Haddon Chambers, The Fatal Card, which was well received.

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