Over five 30 minute episodes, produced in 2010 for Sky Arts, internationally renowned G&S performer and authority, Simon Butteriss explores the topsy turvy world created by W.S Gilbert and so memorably set to music by Arthur Sullivan, through narration, specially filmed dramatic excerpts and conversations with devotees of G&S. Contributors to the series include Michael Ball, Germaine Greer, Sir Nicholas Hytner, Dame Felicity Lott, Sir Charles Mackerras, Valerie Masterson and Sir Jonathan Miller. It contains archive extracts from performances at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in
Buxton as well as over sixty staged extracts performed by well loved G&S stars: Victoria Byron, Bruce Graham, Gareth Jones, Charlotte Page, Jill Pert, Oliver White and, of course, Simon Butteriss himself. They are joined by a specially selected chorus and studio orchestra, conducted by Tony Britten, who also produced and directed the series - a Capriol Films production for Sky Arts 2 HD.
Episode 1: If You Want To Know Who We Are
Episode 2: The Very Models Of The Modern Major Musical
Episode 3: Monarchs Of All They Savoy
Episode 4: Night After Night To The Wicked Theayter
Episode 5: Deputy Deities
A Salaried Wit - Grossmith, Gilbert And Sullivan
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not just for gilbert and sullivan fans
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 03/06/2011 21:12:36
This is a really fun and informative series and is for everyone, not just people who are already fans of the operas. It is a great introduction if you are new to them but it will still entertain you even if you are already a great lover of the works. The second disc is just as entertaining and both show how good a performer and writer Simon Butteriss is.
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