Theatre: Savoy Theatre
Performance: The Mikado
Main Actors: The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company including Michael Ducarel, Kate Flowers, Susan Gorton, Hugh Hetherington
This D’Oyly Carte programme presents at the Savoy Theatre and contains interesting articles including the history of the Savoy Theatre and Gilbert & Sullivan; photographs and biographies of the cast.
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, of which 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. It was the first public building built with electricity. The theatre also lays claim to showcasing 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.
34 pages, including outside covers; approx.21.5cms x 15.5cms
Also includes attractive unused Friends of D’Oyly Carte membership form in the style of a wallet with photographs of W.S. Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan and Richard D’Oyly Carte. Opens out to approx 34cms x 21cms