Sullivan and Gilbert
Winner of the Ottawa Critics' Circle Award as Best Play of the Year, Sullivan and Gilbert features over 15 Gilbert and Sullivan songs, and takes us behind-the-scenes at the Savoy Theatre for an eventful day in the life of Victorian England's most famous composer and librettist. Now at the end of their illustrious careers, William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan are preparing to put on a command performance for the Queen of England. But all is not well backstage – Sullivan has been ill and has missed most of the rehearsals; and he’s in love with a young singer of whom Gilbert disapproves. Meanwhile, Gilbert is trying to break in a new soprano in time for the show, which is set to open in about eight hours. To make matters worse, Sullivan has invited Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh to join the cast. The bumbling duke can't wait to get onstage, even though he can't sing, dance, or remember his cues. When Gilbert finds out, he's furious. With a company of temperamental actors to manage, and their longtime producer, D'Oyly Carte breathing down their necks, there's plenty for the two men to fight about. But despite their feuds, their abiding love for each other as collaborators and friends wins the day.
Sullivan and Gilbert premiered at National Arts Center of Canada, where it won the Ottawa Critics’ Circle award for Best Play of the Year. This was followed by a triumphant run at the Kennedy Center starring Fritz Weaver and Noel Harrison. It has since been produced in theatres throughout the world.
For eight men and four women. Various Interiors or unit set.
"Brilliantly written! Sullivan and Gilbert is a delightful journey into the behind-the-scenes world of the famous songwriting partners."
Cape Cod Times, June, 2008
"A charming show."
"A warm, and affectionate behind the scenes look at this tempestuous, hilarious relationship."
"For fans of the duo's music, Sullivan and Gilbert is a must-see."
Contra Coasta Times
Abbots Langley Gilbert & Sullivan Society Production
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