The common phrase ‘Gilbert and Sullivan’ refers to the Victorian theatrical partnership of W.S. Gilbert (1836–1911), a librettist, and the composer Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900). The two men worked separately in their own fields, each having great successes, before they collaborated on fourteen comic operas, between 1871 and 1896, and it is for these that the duo have become best known.
Gilbert, who wrote the words, created fanciful ‘topsy-turvy’ worlds for these operas where each absurdity is taken to its logical conclusion—fairies rub elbows with British lords, flirting is a capital offence, gondoliers ascend to the monarchy, and pirates turn out to be noblemen who have gone wrong. Sullivan, six years Gilbert’s junior, composed the music, contributing memorable melodies that could convey both humour and pathos and these became immensely popular at the time (the popularity of these songs still holds true today!) Their operas have enjoyed broad and enduring international success and are still performed frequently throughout the English-speaking world.
Gilbert and Sullivan introduced innovations in content and form that directly influenced the development of musical theatre, and musicals, through the 20th century.
Producer Richard D’Oyly Carte brought Gilbert and Sullivan together and nurtured their collaboration and works. He built the Savoy Theatre in London in 1881 to present their joint works (these operas came to be known as the Savoy Operas because of this) and founded the world famous D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, which performed and promoted Gilbert and Sullivan’s works for over a century and influenced many small theatre groups around the world.
Trial By Jury
The Pirates of Penzance
Yeoman of the Guard
The Grand Duke
The world of modern day theatre owes a lot to the wonderful operas and operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Their influence in the world of musical theatre can still be seen in the modern day shows that are amazing audiences worldwide. Their Operas are still being produced regularly even though they are over 100 years old, in fact there are special professional theatre companies who produce their works and their operas are the main-stay of amateur theatre and show groups across the globe.
Gilbert and Sullivan DVD Boxed Set
An 11 disc collection featuring performances of: The Gondoliers, H.M.S. Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Mikado, Patience, The Pirates of Penzance, Princess Ida, Ruddigore, The Sorcerer, Trial By Jury, Cox and Box, and The Yeomen of the Guard.
DVD Box Set – Contains The Following Operas:
The Pirates Of Penzance
Trial By Jury
Cox & Box
The Yeoman Of The Guard
Each Title Is Accompanied With Its Own Illustrated Production Libretto Containing All Lyrics To Each Individual Operetta
Making Of Feature
Gilbert & Sullivan Profile
Special Packaging – Box Design Features Original Signature Drawings From Gilbert & Sullivan
Dolby Digital 5.1 / Dolby Digital DTS 5.1