The Arts Society Horsham
July 2020

Gilbert and Sullivan

Welcome to The Arts Society Horsham
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 15:45
The Capitol Theatre Horsham
North Street Horsham RH12 1RG

The story of the Gilbert & Sullivan partnership with music from most of their operas

In the 1860s London couldn't get enough of the music of Jacques Offenbach, but his shows frequently had to be rewritten for the London stage as the plots were rather too risqué for English tastes. Then along came Gilbert and Sullivan to provide wholesome home-grown entertainment. The result was one of the most successful musical partnerships ever, and even today over 130 years later their operas are still performed, while most of Offenbach's are long forgotten. This talk tells the story of their partnership, with music from most of the G & S operas. 


Mr Ian Gledhill

Ian Gledhill has had a very varied career, from designing underground railways as an engineer for London Transport, to appearing in pantomime with Julian Clary. In between he has worked in travel and tourism, music publishing, television, and especially the theatre, where he has been an actor, director, set designer, stage manager and opera translator. His main interests include architecture, history, transport and classical music, especially opera and operetta, and these are reflected in the wide ranging list of subjects for his lectures. He began giving lectures in 1997, and now gives on average around 140 a year.