Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre

Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Respectable Capers'

Class, Respectability and the Savoy Operas 1877–1909

Authors: Goron, Michael

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This innovative account of the Gilbert and Sullivan partnership provides a unique insight into the experience of both attending and performing in the original productions of the most influential and enduring pieces of English-language musical theatre.

In the 1870s, Savoy impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte astutely realized that a conscious move to respectability in a West End which, until then, had favored the racy delights of burlesque and French operetta, would attract a new, lucrative morally ‘decent’ audience.

This book examines the commercial, material and human factors underlying the Victorian productions of the Savoy operas. Unusually for a book on ‘G&S’, it focuses on people and things rather than author biography or literary criticism. Examining theatre architecture, interior design, marketing, and typical audiences, as well as the working conditions and personal lives of the members of a Victorian theatre-company, ‘Respectable Capers’ explains how the Gilbert and Sullivan operas helped to transform the West End into the family-friendly ‘theatre land’ which still exists today.

About the authors

Michael Goron began his working life as a professional actor, working in everything from German Expressionism to traditional pantomime. He formed a small scale touring theatre company for which he directed a number of shows. Michael returned to Higher Education as a post-graduate student and, from 2007, as a lecturer at the universities of Winchester and Southampton Solent, UK.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Goron, Michael

    Pages 1-15

  • The Gilbert and Sullivan Operas and ‘Middle-Class’ Ideals

    Goron, Michael

    Pages 17-50

  • The West End: ‘Middle-Class’ Values and Commercialisation

    Goron, Michael

    Pages 51-72

  • Patience at the Savoy

    Goron, Michael

    Pages 73-106

  • Savoy Audiences 1881–1909

    Goron, Michael

    Pages 107-139

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Respectable Capers'
Book Subtitle
Class, Respectability and the Savoy Operas 1877–1909
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59478-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59478-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59477-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 249
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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