Music sheet cover
Meyer Lutz's piano music for the pas de quatre dance in the burlesque 'Faust up to Date'
Gaiety Theatre, London
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Meyer Lutz, the composer, was the musical director at London's Gaiety Theatre where Faust up to Date was first performed in 1888. The Gaiety was the home of burlesque under John Hollingshead and his successor George Edwardes and it later became famous for musical comedy. Faust Up To Date was one of a series of burlesques on popular plays and operas of the day, including Carmen up to Date (a skit on the opera Carmen), and Cinder-Ellen up to Date (a skit on the pantomime Cinderella). Faust up to Date was a skit on Gounod's opera Faust which had first been performed in London in 1864. The dance was performed by Lillan Price, Florence Levy, Eva Greville and Maud Wilmot and this illustration shows the short skirts which allowed them to dance freely and would have been very popular with the men in the audience.