Gilbert and Sullivan
|Name(s):||Gilbert and Sullivan|
|Scope/Focus:||theatrical works by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan|
|Date(s):||1871 - present|
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The works of Gilbert and Sullivan are staples in the western musical theater canon. The light operas were hits when they premiered in England and the US in the late 1800s; they have remained popular ever since since, being translated, reworked, and performed by professionals and amateurs all over the world.
Many cities and universities have a Gilbert and Sullivan Society - a group of like-minded fans who gather to perform Gilbert and Sullivan's works, either in a full theatrical production or simply for each other at regular meetings. Performances of Gilbert & Sullivan works are relatively cheap to produce as the music is in the public domain and free to use.
Fans might call themselves "Savoyards" - this technically means a fan of any "Savoy opera", which includes Gilbert & Sullivan's works as well others from the time period.
The Gilbert & Sullivan Festival has run in the UK since 1994.