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Gilbert and Sullivan

At the height of Gilbert and Sullivan's powers in the late 19th Century, the Savoy Theatre in London was built by impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte specifically to stage their works. Their cultural impact is undeniable and their surreal comedy musicals are still loved today. Below is Alice's collection of their works committed to celluloid, along with Mike Leigh's tribute 'Topsy-Turvy'.

H.M.S. Pinafore (1982)

6/10
Starring: Peter Marshall, Frankie Howerd, Meryl Drower

"Let's give three cheers for the sailor's bride", and for this beloved Gilbert and Sullivan operetta that gently tweaks the British Navy, introduces s... Read more

HMS Pinafore / Trial by Jury (2005)

Director: Stuart Maunder
Starring: Anthony Warlow, David Hobson, Roxane Hislop, Colette Mann, John Bolton Wood, Tif...

Opera Australia reunites these long-standing stage-mates with two fresh productions and an inspired cast. In this filmed recording, Anthony Warlow, Au... Read more

Iolanthe (1982)

7.2/10
Director: Dave Heather
Starring: Richard Van Allan, Derek Hammond-Stroud

The magical residents of Fairyland interact with Parliaments' House of Lords in this Gilbert and Sullivan creation starring Beverly Mills, Derek Hammo... Read more

Patience (1995)

8.5/10
Director: John Cox
Starring: Christine Douglas, Anthony Warlow, Heather Begg, Dennis Olsen

All the ladies are in love with poetry - and poets - except Patience. This classic performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera is set in two act... Read more

Ruddigore (1982)

5.9/10
Starring: Vincent Price, John Treleaven, Sandra Dugdale

A witch's curse binds each succeeding Lord of Ruddigore to commit a crime a day... or die. Meantime, in the local fishing village, all the young men a... Read more

The Gondoliers (1990)

8.4/10
Director: Brian Macdonald
Starring: David Hosbon, Roger Lemke, Suzanne Johnston

A stylish Australian production of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta following the story of two men, recently married, who discover that they are need... Read more

The Mikado (1987)

7.7/10
Director: Christopher Renshaw
Starring: Anne-Maree McDonald, Heather Begg, Peter Cousens, Graeme Ewer

Sullivan's ingenious melodic brilliance, derived from his vivid sense of satire, and Gilbert's witty libretto make 'The Mikado' one of the most widely... Read more

The Mikado (1996)

7.7/10
Director: Craig Schaefer
Starring: Jon English, Derek Metzger, Drew Forsythe

This version of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic was recorded live at the Aotea Centre, Auckland and stars Jon English, Derek Metzger, Drew Forsythe a... Read more

The Pirate Movie (1982)

5.1/10
Director: Ken Annakin
Starring: Christopher Atkins, Kristy McNichol

A parody pastiche of Hollywood's finest films, this musical comedy puts a pop music spin on Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance." When pla... Read more

The Pirates of Penzance (1983)

7.2/10
Director: Wilford Leach
Starring: Angela Lansbury, Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith, George Rose

Frederic (Rex Smith), who has spent his formative years as a junior pirate, plans to mark his 21st birthday by breaking free from the Pirate King (Kev... Read more