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star Articles: "The W. S. Gilbert of his own Letters" by H. Rowland Brown and Rowland Grey [Cornhill Magazine, 52.308 (New Series.), Feb. 1922, pp. 159-176.] and "The Gilbertian Idea" by H. Rowland Brown. [Cornhill Magazine, 52.308 (New Series 2.), Apr. 1922, pp. 503-512.] , provided by Arthur Robinson.
  12 October 2017

star Sullivan Anthems. We have added the scores of two more anthems composed by Sullivan: Rejoice in the Lord (1868) and Who is like unto Thee? (1883), courtesy of Paul Anderson.
  17 September 2017

star Overview of the 1924 D'Oyly Carte Season at the Prince's Theatre by Reynall J. R. G. Wreford from The Nineteenth Century courtesy of Arthur Robinson.
  10 September 2017

star Celebrities at Home No. CLXIX. Mr Arthur Sullivan in Victoria-street and No. CXCV. Mr. W. S. Gilbert at the Boltons from The World, 1879 and 1880, courtesy of Arthur Robinson.
  20 August 2017

star Two articles discussing how Gilbert drew on the works of Madame de Genlis in his plays The Palace of Truth and Pygmalion and Galatea, courtesy of Arthur Robinson.
  17 August 2017

star Score of Sullivan's part song (with words by H. Kirke White) entitled "Through Sorrow's Path" originally published in 1871. The words are a little morbid for today's taste!
  17 August 2017

star A description of Gilbert rehearsing Pirates in Philadelphia in early 1880 from Oliver Ditson's The Musical Review courtesy of Arthur Robinson.
  11 August 2017

star A few loose ends from Colin Johnson's site have now been tidied up with the updating of The Arcadians page, the addition of a page for the revised (1905) version of The Cingalee and the addition of his files for L'Île de Tulipatan (Offenbach, Paris, 1868)
  30 July 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added:The Wedding Day (Julian Edwards, New York, 1897), A Waltz Dream (Oscar Straus, New York, 1908), The Velvet Lady (Victor Herbert, New York, 1919), Dolly Varden (Julian Edwards, New York, 1902) and Rip Van Winkle (Robert Planquette, London, 1882).
  30 May 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: Wonderland (Victor Herbert, New York, 1905), The Wizard of the Nile (Victor Herbert, New York, 1895), Winsome Winnie (Gustave Kerker, New York, 1903), Wildflower (Stothart & Youmans, New York, 1923), The Viceroy (Victor Herbert, New York, 1900) and When Sweet Sixteen (Victor Herbert, New York, 1911),
  27 May 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: Woodland (Gustave Luders, Chicago, 1904), A World of Pleasure (Sigmund Romberg, New York, 1915), The Yankee Consul (Alfred G. Robyn, New York, 1904) and A Yankee Tourist (Alfred G. Robyn, New York, 1907).
  22 May 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: The Two Roses (Ludwig Engländer, New York, 1904), The Little Tycoon (Willard Spenser, Philadelphia, 1885), The Girl from Utah (Rubens & Jones, London, 1913) and The Royal Vagabond (Duncan, Goetzl & Cohan, New York, 1919)
  19 May 2017

star Uncle Samuel was a Curtain Raiser by Arthur Law and George Grossmith which played at the Opera Comique with Patience from 3rd May to 8th October 1881. Colin Johnson's MIDI files have now been incorporated into the Archive.
  23 April 2017

star Trial by Jury. Thanks to Neil Midkiff, the libretto of Trial by Jury has had a number of typos and other errors removed. It is available in Rich Text Format and as a PDF.
  23 April 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: Tom Jones (Edward German, Manchester, 1907), To-Night's the Night (Paul A. Rubens, New York, 1914), Hotel Topsy Turvy (Victor Roger, New York, 1898), The Toreador (Caryll & Monkton, London, 1901), The Tourists (Gustave Kerker, New York, 1906) and The Girl in the Train (Leo Fall, London, 1910).
  17 April 2017

star Three more musicals. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: Three Twins (Karl Hoschna, New York, 1908), The Time, the Place and the Girl (Joseph E. Howard, New York, 1907) and Tina (Paul A. Rubens, London, 1915).
  13 April 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: Sybil (Victor Jacobi, New York, 1916), Sweethearts (Victor Herbert, Baltimore, 1913), The Talk of the Town (Herbert E. Haines, London, 1905), The Tattooed Man (Victor Herbert, New York, 1907), The Duchess (Victor Herbert, New York, 1911), The Tenderfoort (Harry L. Heartz, Chicago, 1911) and Three Little Maids (Paul A. Rubens, London, 1902).
  13 April 2017

star The Masque at Kenilworth. Sullivan wrote the cantata The Masque at Kenilworth for the 1864 Birmingham Festival. We have added a facsimile of the vocal score published by Chappell.
  4 April 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added:The Sunshine Girl (Paul A. Rubens, London, 1912), The Student King (Reginald de Koven, Chicago, 1906), The Sultan of Sulu (Alfred G. Wrathall, Chicago, 1902) and A Stubborn Cinderella (Joseph E. Howard, New York, 1909)
  29 March 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: The Social Whirl (Gustave Kerker, New York, 1906), Some Time (Rudolf Friml, Atlantic City, 1918), The Isle of Spice (Schindler and Jerome, New York, 1904), The Sleeping Queen (Michael Balfe, London, 1864), The Storks (Frederic Chapin, 1902), The Spring Maid (Heinrich Reinhardt, Boston, 1910), Miss Springtime (Emmerich Kálmán, New York, 1916) and The Strollers (Ludwig Engländer, New York, 1901)
  28 March 2017

star The Spectre Knight written by James Albery and composed by Alfred Cellier opened 9 February 1878 at the Opera Comique as a companion piece to The Sorcerer. We now have a full set of MIDI Files.
  27 March 2017

star Gilbert's Contributions to Fun. Arthur Robinson has catalogued Gilbert's contributions to Fun for the years 1865 - 1874 and provided links to the original pages.
  27 March 2017

star The Vicar of Bray by Sydney Grundy and Edward Solomon opened at the Savoy Theatre played at the Savoy Theatre under D'Oyly Carte management in 1892. Arthur Robinson has contributed a scan of the vocal score.
  24 March 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: The Lady Slavey (John Cook &c., London, 1894), The Sho-Gun (Gustav Luders, New York, 1904), Simple Simon (Sloane & Tracy, Boston, 1897), Miss Simplicity (Harry L. Heartz, New York, 1902), The Singing Girl (Victor Herbert, New York, 1899), The Siren (Leo Fall, New York, 1911), The Slim Princess (Leslie Stuart, New York, 1911) and The Silver Slipper (Leslie Stuart, London, 1901).
  18 March 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: Sally (Jerome Kern, New York, 1920), Sári (Emmerich Kálmán, New York, 1914), The School Girl (Leslie Stuart, London, 1903), See See (Sidney Jones, London, 1906), The Serenade (Victor Herbert, New York, 1897) and Sergeant Brue (Lisa Lehmann, London, 1904).
  11 March 2017

star San Toy. MIDI Files of Sidney Jones's greatest success have now been added.
  23 February 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: Robin Hood (Reginald De Koven, New York, 1891), Rob Roy (Reginald De Koven, Detroit, 1894), The Rose Maid (Bruno Granichstaedten, New York, 1912), Ma Mie Rosette (Lamcome and Caryll, London, 1892), The Royal Chef (Ben M. Jerome, New York, 1904), A Runaway Girl (Caryll and Monckton, London, 1898), The Runaways (Raymond Hubbell, New York, 1903), Said Pasha (Richard Stahl, San Francisco, 1888) and Sally (Jerome Kern, New York, 1920).
  21 February 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: La Poupée (Edmond Audran, London, 1897), The Prima Donna (Victor Herbert, New York, 1908), The Quaker Girl (Lionel Monkton, London, 1910), The Red Hussar (Edward Solomon, London, 1889), The Pearl and the Pumpkin (John W. Bratton, New York, 1905), The Rainbow Girl (Louis A. Hirsch, New York, 1917), Rambler Rose (Victor Jacobi, New York, 1917), The Red Rose (Robert Hood Bowers, Philadelphia, 1911), The Red Widow (Charles J. Gebest, Boston, 1911) and Her Regiment (Victor Herbert, New York, 1911).
  18 February 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: The Pied Piper (Manuel Klein, New York, 1908), Piff! Paff! Pouf! (Jean Schwarz, New York, 1904), The Prince of Pilsen (Gustav Luders, Boston, 1902), Polly, the Pet of the Regiment (Edward Solomon, London, 1884), The Pink Lady (Ivan Caryll, New York, 1911), Madame Pompadour (Leo Fall, London, 1923), Pom-Pom (Hugo Felix, New York, 1916) and Mr. Popple (of Ippleton) (Paul A. Rubens, London, 1905).
  14 February 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: The Blue Paradise (Eysler, Romberg &c., New York, 1905), The Princess Pat (Victor Herbert, Atlantic City, 1915), The Patriot (Julian Edwards, New York, 1908), The Pearl Girl (Felix & Talbot, London, 1913), Peggy (Leslie Stuart, London, 1911), Peggy from Paris (William Loraine, New York, 1903) and Mr. Pickwick (Manuel Klein, New York, 1903).
  12 February 2017

star D'Oyly Carte productions of Ruddigore. Our page illustrating D'Oyly Carte productions of Ruddigore from 1887 to the 1980s has been updated. More pictures have been added and where possible higher resolution images have been made available.
  8 February 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: The Only Girl (Victor Herbert, New York, 1914), The Oolah (Charles Lecocq, New York, 1889) , Orange Blossoms (Victor Herbert, New York, 1922), The Orchid (Caryll & Monkton, London, 1903), Papa's Darling (Ivan Caryll, New York, 1914) and The Gay Parisienne (Ivan Caryll, Northampton, 1894)
  4 February 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: The Belle of New York (Gustav Kerker, New York, 1897), Little Miss Nobody (Arthur E. Godfrey, London, 1898), It Happened in Norland (Victor Herbert, New York, 1904), The Office Boy (Ludwig Engländer, New York, 1903), Old Dutch (Victor Herbert, New York, 1909), The Old Guard (Robert Planquette, Birmingham, 1887), Olivette (Edmond Audran, London, 1880)
  4 February 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: Naughty Nancy (Lyon & Davidson, London, 1902), Nancy Brown (Henry K. Hadley, New York, 1903), Mam'selle Napoléon (Gustav Luders, New York, 1903), Little Nemo (Victor Herbert, New York, 1908) and The New Aladdin (Caryll & Monkton, London, 1906).
  2 February 2017

star More Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: Moonshine (Silvio Hein, New York, 1905), Morocco Bound (Frank Osmond Carr, London, 1893), The Motor Girl (Julian Edwards, New York, 1909), The Mousmé (Talbot and Monkton, London, 1911), Madame Sherry (Hugo Felix, London, 1904) and The Maid and the Mummy (Robert Hood Bowers, Chicago, 1904).
  31 January 2017

star American Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: A Madcap Princess (Ludwig Englander, New York, 1904), Marcelle (Gustav Luders, New York, 1908), Maid Marian (Reginald de Koven, Philadelphia, 1901), The Marriage Market (Victor Jacobi, New York, 1913), The Mascot (Edmond Audran, New York, 1913), His Honor the Mayor (Julian Edwards, New York, 1906), The Mayor of Tokio (William F. Peters, New York, 1905), Maytime (Sigmund Romberg, New York, 1917), Mexicana (Raymond Hubbell, New York, 1906), He Came from Milwaukee (Hirsch & Jerome, New York, 1910) and The Mocking Bird (A. Balwin Sloane, New York, 1902)
  28 January 2017

star British Musical Theatre. MIDI files of the following shows have now been added: Les Manteaux Noirs (P. Bucalossi, London, 1882), The Belle of Mayfair (Leslie Stuart, London, 1906), The Medal and the Maid (Sidney Jones, London, 1903), The Messenger Boy (Carryl & Monkton, London, 1900), The Little Michus (Andre Messager, London, 1905), My Mimosa Maid (Paul Rubens, London, 1908), The Sultan of Mocha (Alfred Cellier, Manchester, 1874), Miss Hook of Holland (Paul Rubens, London, 1907) and Monte Carlo (Howard Talbot, London, 1896)
  28 January 2017

star MIDI files of "Mock Turtles" by Frank Desprez and Joseph Eaton Fanning which played as a curtain raiser at the Savoy Theatre from 11 October 1881 have been added.
  28 January 2017

star Illustrated Music Covers. Images of the illustrated music covers of The Chieftain Lancers, The Nautch Girl Quadrille and the Gretchen Waltz from David Stone's collection have been added.
  19 January 2017

star His Majesty is described as "an original English comic opera in two acts". It was written by F.C. Burnand and R.C. Lehmann and was produced at the Savoy Theatre on 20 February 1897 where it lasted for 61 performances. Carte "specially engaged" George Grossmith for the part of the King of Vignolia, but his reappearance on the Savoy stage after an absence of nearly ten years was not a success and he withdrew after only three performances. MIDI files have now been added.
  14 January 2017

star More British and American Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for Katja, the Dancer (Jean Gilbert, London, 1925), King Kodak (John Crook, &c., London, 1894), Kissing Time (Ivan Caryll, London, 1919), Kitty Grey (Augustus Barratt & Howard Talbot, London, 1901), Lady Madcap (Paul A. Rubens, London, 1904), My Lady Molly (Sidney Jones, Brighton, 1902), Her Ladyship (Howard Talbot, London, 1928), King Dodo (Gustav Luders, New York, 1902), The Kiss Waltz (Carl Ziehrer, New York, 1911), The Lady of the Slipper (Victor Herbert, New York, 1912), Lilac Domino (Charles Cuvillier, New York, 1914), The Little Café (Ivan Caryll, New York, 1913), A Lonely Romeo (Franklin & Bowers, New York, 1919), Love's Lottery (Julian Edwards, New York, 1904) and The Madcap Duchess (Victor Herbert, Rochester, N.Y., 1913) have been added.
  13 January 2017

star More British and American Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for The Idol's Eye (Victor Herbert, New York, 1897), You're in Love (Rudolf Friml, New York, 1917), When Johnny Comes Marching Home (Julian Edwards, New York, 1902), Katinka (Rudolf Friml, Morristown, New Jersey, 1915) and The Island King (Harold Garstin, London, 1922) have been added.
  30 December 2016

star More British and American Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for Havana (Leslie Stuart, London, 1908), A Chinese Honeymoon (Howard Talbot; Hanley, 1899), The Half Moon (Victor Jacobi, New York, 1920) . Her Little Highness (Reginald de Koven, New York, 1913), High Jinks (Rudolf Friml, New York, 1913) and The Highwayman (Reginald de Koven, New York, 1897) have been added.
  17 December 2016

star More British Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for Our Miss Gibbs (Ivan Caryll and Lionel Monckton, London, 1909), A Gaiety Girl (Sidney Jones, London, 1893, 413 performances), The Geisha (Sidney Jones, London, 1896), The Girl from Kays (Ivan Caryll and Cecil Cook, London, 1902), The Girl in the Taxi (Jean Gilbert, London, 1912), The Girl on the Film (Walter Kollo, Willy Bredschneider and Albert Sirmay, London, 1913) and The Girls of Gottenberg (Ivan Caryll and Lionel Monckton, London, 1907) have been added.
  10 December 2016

star More American Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for The Gay Hussars (Emmerich Kálmán. New York, 1909) The Gingerbread Man (A. Baldwin Sloane, New York, 1905) The Gingham Girl (Albert von Tilzer, New York, 1922), The Girl and the Governor (Julian Edwards, New York, 1907), The Girl of my Dreams (Karl Hoschna, New York, 1911), Going Up (Louis Hirsch, Atlantic City, 1917) The Grand Mogul (Gustav Luders, New York, 1907, Gypsy Love (Franz Lehar, New York, 1911), Very Good Eddie (Jerome Kern, New York, 1915) have been added.
  10 December 2016

star More British and American Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for Floradora (Leslie Stuart, London, 1899), My Lady Frayle (Talbot & Finck, London, 1916), The French Maid (Walter Slaughter, Bath, 1896), The Fair Co-Ed (Gustav Luders, New York, 1909), Fantana (Raymond Hubbell, New York, 1905), The Fencing Master (Reginald de Koven, New York, 1892), The Filibuster (William Loraine, Boston, 1904) and The Forbidden Land (Frederic Chapin, 1904) have been added.
  3 December 2016

star More British and American Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for The Madcap Duchess (Victor Herbert, Rochester, N.Y., 1913), The Earl and the Girl (Ivan Caryll, London, 1903), The Enchantress (Victor Herbert, New York, 1911), Erminie (Edward Jakobowski, Birmingham, 1885), The Eternal Walz (Leo Fall, London, 1911) and Evangeline (Edward E. Rice, New York, 1874) have been added.
  27 November 2016

star More British and American Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for Dandy Dick Whittington (Ivan Caryll, London, 1895), The Dandy Fifth (Clarence C. Corri, London, 1898), The Duchess of Dantzic (Ivan Caryll, London, 1903), The Dashing Little Duke (Frank E. Tours, London, 1909), Dear Little Denmark (Paul A. Rubens, London, 1909), The Dollar Princess (Leo Fall, London, 1909), Good Morning Dearie (Jerome Kern, New York, 1921), Oh! Oh! Delphine (Ivan Caryll, New York, 1912), Doctor De Luxe (Karl Hoschna, New York, 1911) Miss Dolly Dollars (Victor Herbert, New York, 1905), The Dove of Peace (Walter Damrosch, New York, 1912) and Dream City and The Magic Knight (Victor Herbert, New York, 1906) have been added.
  20 November 2016

star The Dancing Mistress. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for this Edwardian musical comedy with book by James T. Tanner, lyrics by Adrian Ross and Percy Greenbank and music by Lionel Monckton which opened at the Adelphi Theatre, London, on 19 October 1912 have been added.
  17 November 2016

star More British and American Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for Les Cloches de Corneville (music by Planquette, English version, New York 1877); Cyrano de Bergerac (music by Victor Herbert, New York, 1899), In Dahomey (music by Will Marion Cook, New York, 1903) and The Dairymaids (music by Paul A. Rubens and Frank E. Tours, London 1906) have now been added.
  15 November 2016

star More British and American Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for Chilpéric (by Hervé, London, 1870), Chin-Chin (music by Ivan Caryll, New York, 1914), Chris and the Wonderful Lamp (music by Sousa, New Haven, 1899), La Cigale, (music by Audran, London 1900), Cigarette (music by Joseph Haydn Parry, Cardiff, 1892), The Cingalee (music by Lionel Monkton, London, 1904), The Circus Girl (music by Ivan Caryll, London, 1896) and The Country Girl (music by Lionel Monkton, London, 1902) have now been added.
  10 November 2016

star More British and American Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for The Little Cherub (London, 1906, music by Ivan Caryll), The Princess Chic (New York, 1900, music by Julian Edwards) and The Spring Chicken (London, 1905, adapted by George Grossmith, jnr., from Coquin de Printemps with music by Ivan Caryll and Lionel Monkton) have been added.
  5 November 2016

star More British and American Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for The Candy Shop (music by John L. Golden, New York, 1909), The Chaperons (music by Isidore Witmark, New York, 1902), The Charlatan (music by Sousa, Montreal, 1898), Charity Begins at Home (music by Alfred Cellier, London, 1872), The Catch of the Season (a Seymour Hicks musical comedy, London, 1904) and The Cherry Girl (another Hicks musical comedy, London, 1903) have been added.
  1 November 2016

star Rare photograph of the performers of Romberg's Toy Symphony. The performance was organised by Lady Folkestone in aid of Great Ormand Street Children's Hospital in May 1880. Among the performers were Arthur Sullivan, John Stainer, Charles Santley, Carl Rosa, F.C. Burnand, Jospeh Barnby and Julius Benedict.
  15 October 2016

star More Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for The Belle of Brittany (1908) music by Howard Talbot, The Burgomaster (1900), music by Gustav Luders, Butterflies (1908), music by J.A. Robinson and King of Cadonia (1908), music by Sidney Jones have been added.
  14 October 2016

star More American Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for Princess Bonnie, 1894, by Willard Spenser, The Bride-Elect, 1897, by Sousa and Brian Boru, 1896, music by Julian Edwards have been added.
  10 October 2016

star More British Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for The Belle of Cairo, 1896, music by F. Kinsey Peile; Betty, 1914, music by Paul Rubens and Ernest Steffan; Blue-Bell in Fairyland, 1901, music by Walter Slaughter and The Blue Moon, 1904, music by Howard Talbot and Paul A. Rubens have been added.
  10 October 2016

star More Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for The Girl behind the Counter with music by Howard Talbot which opened in London in 1906, The Beauty Spot with music by Reginald de Koven and Princess Beggar with music by Alfred G. Robyn, both of which opened in New York in 1909 have been added.
  9 October 2016

star More Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for The Shop Girl (1894) by Ivan Caryll, The White Crysanthemum (1905) by Howard Talbot, The Boy (1917) by Lionel Monkton and Howard Talbot and Monsieur Beaucaire (1919) by André Messager have now been added.
  8 October 2016

star More Musical Theatre. Colin Johnson's MIDI files for The Balkan Princess (Paul Rubens, 1910) , Babette (Victor Herbert) , The Ballet Girl (Carl Kiefert, 1897) and The Beauty of Bath (Herbert E. Haines) have now been added to the British and American Musical Theatre sections of the Archive.
  4 October 2016

star More Musical Theatre. In the American Musical Theatre section we have added two Victor Herbert shows: Angel Face (1919) and Prince Ananais (1894). In the British Musical Theatre section we have added Sidney Jones's An Artist's Model from 1896.
  30 September 2016

American Musical Theatre. To complement the setion on British Musical Theatre, a new section has been added for shows which, at least in their English language versions, had their first performances in the United States. Each show has MIDI files by Colin Johnson. The shows added so far are The Alaskan, Algeria, The Ameer, Alma, Where do you live?, Marriage á la Carte and A Trip to Africa.
  28 September 2016

British Musical Theatre. Jim Farron created this section of the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive to showcase various musical comedies and operettas from the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth. Several shows have been added with MIDI files by Colin Johnson including Alice in Wonderland, Amasis and Amorelle.
  28 September 2016

D'Oyly Carte Opera Companies on Tour in 1885. We have added reviews of Richard D'Oyly Carte's Opera Companies on tour in 1885, including reviews of the first provincial performances of The Mikado.
  24 September 2016



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