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Gilbert and Sullivan, A very Model of an English Entertainment Roger Askew Wednesday 01 July 2020


Lecture cancelled owing to the Coronavirus restrictions. We hope to bring this talk to you at a later date 

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This lecture will examine how the peculiar geniuses of these two very different men, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, came together under the guiding hand of the impresario, Richard D’Oyly Carte, to create one of the most individual and enduring forms of theatrical entertainment. The Savoy operas, with their gentle satire, celebrate the quirks and foibles of the British nation, and are as alive today as in the 1880s. The lecture is fully illustrated with musical examples.