Theatre: Savoy Theatre, London
Performance: Patience, D’Oyly Carte Season of Gilbert & Sullivan Operas
Main Performers: Sir Henry Lytton with D’Oyly Carte Company
This Savoy Theatre programme presents Patience, Gilbert and Sullivan’s sixth opera/operetta. Includes interesting advertisements many with stylish 1930s illustrations.
Gilbert & Sullivan were a prolific and successful two-man team who created fourteen comic operas together over a period of around 25 years. William S. Gilbert, born in London, (1836-1911) was a successful lyricist, poet and illustrator. Arthur S. Sullivan was the composer, also born in London, (1842-1900), the son of a military band master.
The Savoy Theatre was built to showcase Gilbert and Sullivan operas, thus eventually became known as Savoy Operas. The Savoy Theatre was built by Richard D’Oyly Carte in 1881 and is situated in the Strand, London. Patience was the first opera to be staged in the Savoy in 1881 and was the first public building built with electricity. The theatre also lays claim to show-casing the premiere of Blithe Spirit by playwright Noel Coward and Oscar Wild’s Salome. The theatre still stands and is now classified as Grade II listed and houses regular stage performances.
32 pages including front and back covers; approx 21.5cms x 14cms