The first was a play styled "A Picture in 3 Parts", with incidental music by Arthur Bruhns and was first produced at the Prince of Wales Theatre, opening on 15 May 1900 and running for 60 performances. It starred Martin Harvey and nine-year-old Phyllis Dare. There was also a Broadway run in 1900. It was revived at Terry's Theatre in January 1903, playing for 16 performances, and again at Terry's in early 1904, for 31 more performances. The play was also revived at the Adelphi Theatre in September 1908, playing for seven performances.
Hood then rewrote Ib and Little Christina as an opera styled "A Picture in 3 Panels", with music by Franco Leoni. This was first produced at the Savoy Theatre on 14 November 1901 and ran together with Hood's The Willow Pattern for 16 performances. The libretto was published by Chappell, and a copy is in the British Library at 11778.f.23(4) (1901). The piece was revived at Daly's Theatre from 11 to 13 January 1904, then transferred to the Lyric Theatre from 19 January to 5 March 1904, running for a total of 23 matinee performances. The opera is not quite a full length piece and is played in three short scenes.
(This synopsis is based on the opera version)
Ib and his father are very poor and live alone, and Old Henrik and his granddaughter Christina are their neighbors. The two children are in love, and Ib is willing to sacrifice everything for her. An old gypsy woman visits Ib and gives him three wishing nuts.
15 years later, the children are now grown up, and Christina has fallen in love with a richer man. Broken‑hearted but faithful, Ib gives her up.
Seven years later, the marriage brought no happiness to Christina, who died in poverty. The gypsy woman brings Christina's daughter (also called Christina) to Ib, and they live happily together.