Gilbert and Sullivan: A Motley Pair

Gilbert and Sullivan: A Motley Pair

Director: Tony Britten Cast: Simon Butteriss, Victoria Byron, Bruce Graham


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Curiously, although lyricist William S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and composer Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) now claim legions of fans, they've also drawn just as many detractors, the majority of whom condemn their music as "overblown." This five-part miniseries not only falls into the former camp, but argues that the duo almost single-handedly paved the way for the development of 20th Century musical theater, and have inestimably influenced many neighboring theatrical forms. With observations from such contemporary admirers as Germaine Greer, Michael Ball, Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Jonathan Miller, this program discusses events from the tumultuous lives of both artists - from their emergence under the aegis and tutelage of producer Richard D'Oyly Carte, who founded the Savoy Theatre in their honor, to their history-making collaborations on The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore, to a disagreement over a carpet that nearly brought their relationship to a permanent end. Longtime Gilbert and Sullivan actor and singer Simon Butteriss hosts.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/08/2011
UPC: 5052442000532
Original Release: 2010
Rating: NR
Source: Capriol Films
Region Code: 0
Time: 2:30:00

Special Features

Special Bonus Disc ; Simon Butteriss's highly acclaimed film about George Grossmith the Original G & S 'Patterman'; A Salaried Wit: Grossmith, Gilbert and Sullivan'

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Simon Butteriss G&S Soloist
Victoria Byron G&S Soloist
Bruce Graham G&S Soloist
Gareth Jones G&S Soloist
Charlotte Page G&S Soloist
Jill Pert G&S Soloist
Oliver White G&S Soloist
Michael Ball Commentator
Jane Glover Commentator
Germaine Greer Participant
Nicholas Hytner Participant
Gillian Knight Actor
Felicity Lott Participant
Charles Mackerras Participant
Valerie Masterson Actor
Jonathan Miller Actor
Edward Seckerson Actor
Thomas Round Actor
Sandy Wilson Actor

Technical Credits
Tony Britten Director,Producer
Simon Butteriss Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #2 -- Gilbert & Sullivan: A Motley Pair
2. John Wellington Wells [7:47]
3. Major General [2:29]
4. Softly Sighing [1:40]
5. Tired Of The Moon [4:56]
6. Am I Alone And Unobserved? [4:13]
7. Nightmare Song [6:10]
8. A Disagreeable Man [4:00]
9. Tit Willow [3:36]
10. Foo Choo Chan [6:11]
11. My Boy You May Take It From Me [:38]
12. Away Remorse!/For Thirty Five Years [6:41]
13. A Private Buffoon [5:41]

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