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William and Lucy Turner Gilbert, 1867

W. S. Gilbert wrote many stage works besides the libretti of the operas written in collaboration with Arthur Sullivan. This page aims to provide a complete list of Gilbert's stage works in chronological order. The Gilbert and Sullivan operas have been included to show their place in the chronology of Gilbert's works.


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The Early Years
1863, 1866, 1867, 1868, 1869, 1870
The Gilbert & Sullivan Years
1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1881,
1882, 1884, 1885, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1896
The Post G & S Years
1897, 1904, 1909, 1911

1863

Uncle Baby
One-act comedietta — Lyceum Theatre (31  October )

1866

Scene from Hush-a-Bye, Baby
Illustrated London News,
29 Dec. 1866.
Click for full image.
Hush-a-Bye Baby, on the Tree Top or Harlequin Fortunia, King Frog of Frog Island, and the Magic Toys of Lowther Arcade
Anonymous Christmas pantomime, written with Chas. Millard — Astley's Theatre (26 December)
Dulcamara, or The Little Duck and the Great Quack
Play — a burlesque of Donizetti's L'Elsir d'Amore — St. James's Theatre (29 December )
Ruy Blas
Burlesque — unperformed — published in Warne's Christmas Annual

1867

La Vivandiere or True to the Corps
Extravaganza — a parody of The Daughter of the Regiment — St. James's Hall, Liverpool (15 June)
Robinson Crusoe or The Injun Bride and the Injured Wife
Burlesque, written with H. J. Byron, Thomas Hood, H. S. Leigh and Arthur Sketchley — Haymarket Theatre (6 July)
Allow Me To Explain Plot Summary
One-act farce — Prince of Wales's Theatre (4 November)
Highly Improbable
One-act farce — Royalty Theatre (5 December)
Harlequin Cock-Robin and Jenny Wren or Fortunatus and the Water of Life, the Three Bears, the Three Gifts, the Three Wishes, and the Little Man who Woo'd the Little Maid
Christmas pantomime — Lyceum Theatre (26 December)
A Colossal Idea Script 
One-act farce, unperformed, published 1932
     Script: Word Document [72KB], PDF File [76KB]

The Merry Zingara or The Tipsy Gipsy and the Pipsy Wipsy
Extravaganza — Royalty Theatre (21 March)
Robert the Devil or The Nun, the Dun, and the Son of a Gun
A version of Meyerbeer's opera Robert Le Diable — Gaiety Theatre (21 December)
      Link to a web site describing this opera parody.

No Cards Notes Script
One-act musical entertainment, with music by Thomas German-Reed (and Lionel Elliott?) — Royal Gallery of Illustration (29 March)
The Pretty Druidess or The Mother, the Maid, and the Mistletoe Bough
Extravaganza — Charing Cross Theatre (19 June)
An Old Score
Three-act comedy — Gaiety Theatre (19 July) — revived 11 Nov. 1872, at Court Theatre as Quits.
Ages Ago Notes Plot Summary Script MIDI Files
One-act musical entertainment, with music by Frederic Clay — Royal Gallery of Illustration (22 November)

1870

The Princess Notes Script
Blank-verse parody of Tennyson's poem in five scenes. — Olympic Theatre (8 January)
The Gentleman in Black
Two-act musical play, with music by Frederic Clay — Charing Cross Theatre (26 May)
Our Island Home Script
One-act musical entertainment, with music by Thomas German Reed — Royal Gallery of Illustration (20June)
     Libretto, prepared for the Archive by Andrew Beighton, with missing lyrics added by Andrew Crowther [Web Page] [Word File]
The Palace of Truth Plot Summary Script
Play — a fairy comedy in three acts — Haymarket Theatre (19 November)
     Synopsis
     Libretto, prepared for the Archive by Arthur Robinson. [Web Page] [Word File]

1871

Randall's Thumb Script
Comedy — Royal Court Theatre (25 January )
     Play script, provided to the Archive by Colin M. Johnson: [Word File (173K file)] [PDF File (105K file)]
A Sensation Novel Plot Summary Script MIDI Files
Musical entertainment — Royal Gallery of Illustration (30 January)
Creatures of Impulse Notes Script
A Musical Fairy Tale in One Act, with music by Alberto Randegger. — Royal Court Theatre (2 April)
Great Expectations Script
Play — after Dickens — Court Theatre (29 May)
     Play Script, provided to the Archive by Joe Giammarco. [Word Document (188KB)] [PDF File (156KB)]
On Guard
Comedy (28 October)
Pygmalion and Galatea Script
Comedy — Haymarket Theatre (9 December)
     Play Script [Word Document (168KB)] [PDF File (128 KB)]  
Gilbert & Sullivan Thespis
Christmas Entertainment with music by Sullivan — Gaiety Theatre (26 December)

1872

A Medical Man
One-act farce, published in Clement Scott's Drawing-Room Plays (1870), performed St. George's Hall, 24 Oct. 1872. 
                Play Script donated to the Archive by Ethan Enoch Hardy. [Word Document (56KB)] [PDF File (104 KB)]  
Happy Arcadia Script
Play, with music by Frederic Clay — Royal Gallery of Illustration (28 October)
     Play Script donated to the Archive by Tyson Vick: Word Document [110K] PDF File [114K]

1873

The Wicked World Notes Plot Summary Script
Fairy comedy — Haymarket Theatre (4 January)
The Happy Land Notes Plot Summary Script
Pseudonymous extravaganza — Court Theatre (3 March)
The Realm of Joy Notes Plot Summary
One-act farce (written as F. Latour Tomline), freely adapted from Le Roi Candaule by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy, title changed after a few nights to The Realms of Joy — Royalty Theatre (28 October)
The Wedding March
Three-act farce, written as F. Latour Tomline, translated from Un Chapeau du Paille D'Italie by Eugene Labiche — Court Theatre (15 November)

1874

Charity Plot Summary Script
Four act drama — Haymarket Theatre (3 January)
      Script, provided to the Archive by Colin M. Johnson: [Word File (334K file)] [PDF File (92K file)]
Ought We to Visit Her?
Three act drama, adapted from the novel by Mrs. Annie Edwardes — Royalty Theatre (17 January)
Committed for Trial Plot Summary
Two-act farce, translated from Le Réveillon by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy — Globe Theatre (24 January)
The Blue-Legged Lady
One-act farce, no author named, translated from La Dame aux Jambes d'Azur by Eugene Labiche and Marc-Michel — Court Theatre (4 March)
Topsyturveydom Script
One-act extravaganza, with music by Alfred Cellier — Criterion Theatre (21 March)
     Libretto, available in Microsoft Word 2.0, or WordPerfect 5.1 formats. Submitted to the Archive by Andrew Crowther.
Sweethearts Notes Plot Summary Script
Two-act comedy — Prince of Wales's Theatre (7 November)
Script, published by Samuel French [from the Internet Archive].

1875

Gilbert & Sullivan Trial by Jury
"Dramatic Cantata" with music by Sullivan — Royalty Theatre (25 March)
Tom Cobb or, Fortune's Toy Plot Summary Script
Three-act farce — St. James's Theatre (24 April)
Eyes and No Eyes or, The Art of Seeing Notes Plot Summary Script MIDI Files Vocal Score
One-act musical entertainment, with music by German Reed — St. George's Hall (5 July)
Broken Hearts Notes Script MIDI Files Vocal Score
Three-act verse drama — Court Theatre (9 December)

1876

Princess Toto Plot Summary Script MIDI Files
Three-act comic opera with music by Frederic Clay — Nottingham Theatre (24 June)
Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith Notes Script
Three-act drama — Haymarket Theatre (11 September)

1877

On Bail Script
Three-act farce (an adaptation of "Le Réveillon") — Criterion Theatre (3 February)
     The script of this play is available as a Word Document [184KB] and PDF File [212KB] thanks to Adam Cuerden and Anthony Porter.
Engaged Notes Script
Three-act farcical comedy — Haymarket Theatre (3 October)
Gilbert & Sullivan The Sorcerer
Two-act comic opera, with music by Sullivan — Opèra Comique (17 November)

1878

(Ali Baba and) The Forty Thieves
Pantomime-burlesque, written with Robert Reece, F. C. Burnand, and H. J. Byron, — Gaiety Theatre one performance (13 February)
The Ne'er Do Weel Notes Script
(rewritten and restaged three weeks later as The Vagabond) — three-act drama — Olympic Theatre (25 February)
Gilbert & Sullivan H.M.S. Pinafore
Two-act comic opera, with music by Sullivan — Opèra Comique (25 May)

1879

Gretchen
Four-act verse tragedy — Olympic Theatre (24 March)
Gilbert considered this play, his version of the Faust legend, and Broken Hearts to be his two best plays.
        Script: Word Document [199KB], PDF File [150KB]
Lord Mayor's Day
Three-act anonymous farce, translated from La Cagnotte by Eugene Labiche. Gilbert translated the first two acts before abandoning the project, but when it was produced his name did not appear — Folly Theatre (1 July)
Gilbert & Sullivan The Pirates of Penzance
Two-act comic opera, with music by Sullivan — Fifth Avenue Theatre, New York (31 December)

1881

Gilbert & Sullivan Patience
Two-act comic opera, with music by Sullivan — Opèra Comique (23 April)
Foggerty's Fairy Notes Plot Summary Script
Three-act fairy comedy — Criterion Theatre (15 December)

1882

Gilbert & Sullivan Iolanthe
Two-act comic opera, with music by Sullivan — Savoy Theatre (25 November)

1884

Gilbert & Sullivan Princess Ida
Three-act comic opera, with music by Sullivan — Savoy Theatre (5 January)
Comedy and Tragedy Script
One-act drama — Lyceum Theatre (26 January)
        Script [PDF file, 76KB]

1885

Gilbert & Sullivan The Mikado
Two-act comic opera, with music by Sullivan — Savoy Theatre (14 March)

1887

Gilbert & Sullivan Ruddigore
Two-act comic opera, with music by Sullivan — Savoy Theatre (22 January)

1888

Gilbert & Sullivan The Yeomen of the Guard
Two-act comic opera, with music by Sullivan — Savoy Theatre (3 October)
Brantinghame Hall Script
Four-act drama (November 29) — St James's Theatre
     Play script, provided to the Archive by Colin M. Johnson: [Word File (142K file)] [PDF File (85K file)]

1889

Gilbert & Sullivan The Gondoliers
Two-act comic opera, with music by Sullivan — Savoy Theatre (7 December)

1891

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Notes Plot Summary Script
Burlesque in Three Short "Tableaux", (originally published in Fun, December 1884) — Vaudeville Theatre (3 June)

1892

The Mountebanks Notes Plot Summary Script MIDI Files
Two-act comic opera, with music by Alfred Cellier — Lyric Theatre (4 January)
Haste to the Wedding Notes Plot Summary Script
Three-act comic opera, with music by George Grossmith, a musical version of The Wedding March — Criterion Theatre (27 July)

1893

Gilbert & Sullivan Utopia, Limited
Two-act comic opera, with music by Sullivan — Savoy Theatre (7 October)

1894

His Excellency Notes Plot Summary Script MIDI Files
Two-act comic opera, with music by Osmond Carr — Lyric Theatre (27 October)

1896

Gilbert & Sullivan The Grand Duke
Two-act comic opera, with music by Sullivan — Savoy Theatre (7 March)

1897

The Fortune-Hunter Script
Three-act drama — Theatre Royal, Birmingham (27 September)
Script [268 KB PDF]

1904

Harlequin and the Fairy's Dilemma Script
Two-act domestic pantomime. Retitled The Fairy's Dilemma after a few days. — Garrick Theatre (3 May )
Script [196KB, PDF]

1909

Fallen Fairies or, The Wicked World Notes Script MIDI Files
Two-act comic opera, with music by Edward German. A musical version of The Wicked World. — Savoy Theatre (15 December)

1911

The Hooligan Notes Script
One-act drama — Coliseum Theatre (27 February)
Trying a Dramatist
One-act sketch. Published in Original Plays, Fourth Series (1911). Performance details not known.

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