Gilbert and Sullivan in the 21st Century

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Monday, 11 November 2024
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

St Margaret's United Reform Church
Victoria Avenue
N3 1BD

Why are the works of works of two Victorians, WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, still so popular? In this talk, speaker Bernard Lockett reviews the world-wide popularity of Gilbert and Sullivan in the 21st century, and takes a look at the vast amount of social and political satire within the shows, together with their historical background and excerpts from some of the operas.

Bernard is a lifelong enthusiast of G&S with interests in the background, genre and satire within their works, and in their influence on musical theatre. He has been a trustee of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival since 2010 and is also involved with the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. He is the author of Here’s a State of Things, a historical novel featuring characters a century apart who become absorbed by the works and times of G&S and the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.

Image: Scene from HMS Pinafore
Credit: National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company