Arthur Sullivan

Arthur Sullivan

Composer


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Shows by Arthur Sullivan

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The twelfth collaboration between composer Arthur Sullivan and librettist W.S. Gilbert, The Gondoliers   tells the story of two charming Venetian gondoliers, Giuseppe and Marco, who are informed that due to an error of identi... read more

Since its premiere in 1878, Gilbert and Sullivan’s wildly popular operetta H.M.S. Pinafore has delighted audiences with a nautically-tinged story of star-crossed lovers. The gentlemanly Captain Corcoran of the good ship Pina... read more

Since its sparkling 1882 premiere at London’s new Savoy Theatre , the fantastical satire Iolanthe has delighted audiences with its clever combination of romance, humor, political satire, and the memorable musical numbers that... read more

Since its premiere in 1885 at the Savoy Theatre in London, The Mikado has become one of the most-performed pieces of musical theatre in history. As with many of Gilbert and Sullivan’s productions, the show satirizes aspects... read more

All of the maidens in the village are besotted with Reginald Bunthorne, a moody and handsome poet, but he has eyes only for the simple milkmaid, Patience. The problem? Bunthorne’s artistic ways are all just an act to attrac... read more

Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular show, The Pirates of Penzance, is a rollicking, delightfully funny tale of a band of soft-tempered pirates. Mistakenly apprenticed to a pirate by his nursemaid Ruth at the age of eight, t... read more

A hilarious twist on a traditional medieval fairy tale, Princess Ida tells the tale of a Princess, who eschews her marriage obligations to the Prince of a neighboring kingdom to run a women's university. Prince Hilarion has... read more

Although Ruddigore’s 1887 premiere did not enjoy the same success as its predecessor, The Mikado , it is now regarded as one of the gems of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon. A satirical take on the Victorian Melodrama genre, R... read more

The rich but witless Alexis has a vision that the joy of marriage shall overrule all earthly unhappiness. Practicing what he's preached, Alexis is recently betrothed to the beautiful Aline. At his wedding ceremony, he plots... read more

Can you sue someone for breaking off an engagement? In Gilbert and Sullivan’s courtroom farce Trial by Jury, it’s a very serious crime The fickle and bigoted defendant, Edwin, has fallen in love with another woman and has j... read more

The Yeomen of the Guard, or The Merryman and His Maid is Gilbert and Sullivan’s sparkling comic opera set in Shakespearean times during the reign of King Henry VIII. It is the darkest and most emotionally engaging of the Savo... read more

Overview

Nationality
English
Born
5/13/1842
Died
11/22/1900
Show Categories
Operetta, Opera
Genres
Comedy, Satire, Farce, Parody, Dark Comedy