Gilbert and Sullivan à la Carte

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A musical miscellany performed by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

A miscellany of beautiful and recognisable musical numbers from the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, performed by singers from The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and accompanied by piano.

The musical numbers are linked by short diary extracts, contemporary correspondence and reviews. With music drawn from The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, Iolanthe, The Yeomen of the Guard, The Gondoliers and other operas, the evening is full of Gilbertian 'topsy-turveydom', and Sullivan's infectious and memorable music. 

The evening tells the story of the tempestuous relationship between Richard D’Oyly Carte and his two temperamental collaborators, William S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Much of the history represented can be found evidenced in the archive of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company now housed in the British Library. 

A free display from the archive can be seen in the Treasures Gallery from 3 September.

Part of our Season of Sound, the British Library's annual celebration of all things audio.

Explore The British Library’s sound archive today. You’ll discover over 6.5 million extraordinary recordings covering speech, music, wildlife and the environment.


Name: Gilbert and Sullivan à la Carte
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £18.00
Member: £18.00
Senior 60+: £16.00
Student: £15.00
Registered Unemployed: £15.00
Disabled: £15.00
Under 18: £15.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546

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