Reading List

This is a reading list on Gilbert and Sullivan and related items, recommended by members of the society.

Many of these can be found at Christopher Browne's Online Gilbert and Sullivan Online Catalogue


MANCHESTER SOUNDS. Journal of the Manchester Musical Heritage Trust. Volume 2 ~ 2001 pp172. Sullivan: The Manchester Connection by Martin Thacker pp89 - 112 (Librarian, Henry Watson Music Library, Manchester): article examines Sullivan's orchestral and theatrical links with the city: Calvert at The Princes Theatre, Halle, COX AND BOX + some ideas about the `plot' cemetery episode (1866) mentioned in Newman Flower's biography (SAS: His Life, Letters and Diaries (1927) pp49-50) (Cover: Caricature of Sullivan from THE BAILIE, no.167 (Glasgow, 29 Dec. 1875))


FITZGERALD, Percy M.A., F.S.A. THE SAVOY OPERA AND THE SAVOYARDS A New Edition with 60 Portraits and Illustrations. Chatto & Windus (1894/9) pp248. Red cloth with decorative boards


LAWRENCE, Arthur. SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN. Life-Story Letters and Reminiscences. Bowden (1899) pp360, navy boards with gilt lettering, t.e.g.

Commemorative publication:

WELLS, Walter J. SOUVENIR OF SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN. A Brief Sketch of his Life & Works. With Portraits, Facsimiles & Illustrations. Includes List of Works. Newnes (1901) pp104


BROWNE, Edith A. W.S.GILBERT Stars of the Stage ed. J.T.Green. Lane (1907) pp96 with twenty-three illustrations


BAILY, Leslie. THE GILBERT & SULLIVAN BOOK. Cassell pp443 First Edition 1952

CELLIER, Francois and BRIDGEMAN, Cunningham. GILBERT, SULLIVAN, AND D'OYLY CARTE. Reminiscences of the Savoy and The Savoyards. 63 portraits & other illustrations and 6 facs letters (1914 1st edition)

PEARSON, Hesketh. GILBERT and SULLIVAN The story of the partnership (and quarrels) of this famous pair whose operas are a well-loved national institution:- (a) 1935 1st pp319 black cloth, red lettering


DARK, Sidney and GREY, Rowland. W.S.GILBERT HIS LIFE AND LETTERS. With eight full-page plates and some illustrations in the text. Methuen pp269 (1923 1st)

PEARSON, Hesketh. GILBERT His Life and Strife. Methuen (1957) pp276

STEDMAN, Jane W. W.S.GILBERT A Classic Victorian & His Theatre. Oxford (1996) pp374


HUGHES, Gervase. THE MUSIC OF ARTHUR SULLIVAN. Macmillan (1960) pp180

JACOBS, Arthur. ARTHUR SULLIVAN A Victorian Musician. OUP pp470. (1984 1st ed.) h/b with d/w

YOUNG, Percy M. SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN. Dent (1971) pp304


ALLEN, Reginald. THE FIRST NIGHT GILBERT and SULLIVAN.Containing Complete Librettos of the Fourteen Operas, Exactly as presented at their Premiere Performances. Edited, with a Prologue and Copious Descriptive Particulars by Reginald Allen; and a Foreword by Bridget D'Oyly Carte. Illustrated with Contemporary Drawings. The Heritage Press, New York (1958). With facsimile programmes (in box with slipcase)

BRADLEY, Ian (ed. & intro) THE ANNOTATED GILBERT AND SULLIVAN:- (a) One-Volume Hardback : TJ/ SO/ PF/ PP/ PC/ IO/ PI/ MK/ RG/ YG/ GN/ UL/ GD. OUP (1996) d/w pp1197

DIXON, Geoffrey

(a) THE GILBERT AND SULLIVAN PHOTOFINDER. Rhosearn Press, Ayr (1995) pp234, blue paper wraps, encased in red cloth hardback binding with gilt lettering. NEW . A rare book in new fine binding

(b) THE GILBERT & SULLIVAN SORTING SYSTEM a classification scheme for use with the materials of G. &. S. studies. Rhosearn Press, Ayr (2001) pp140

(c) THE GILBERT & SULLIVAN JOURNAL 56-Year Index (1925-1981) by Geoffrey Dixon. Rhosearn Press, Ayr (1996) pp149 + ppxi. Paper wraps

(d) NEW : SULLIVAN'S DIARIES An Index to Sir Arthur Sullivan's Diary 1876-1900. Rhosearn Press (2007) pp105 (double-col.A4) ISBN 978-0-9525532-5-0

MANDER, Raymond and MITCHENSON, Joe. A PICTURE HISTORY GILBERT AND SULLIVAN. Foreword by Bridget D'Oyly Carte. Vista (1962) pp160

MARTYN GREEN'S TREASURY OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN. The Complete Librettos of Eleven Operettas. The Words and Music of One Hundred and Two Favorite Songs. Edited and annotated by Martyn Green. Illustrated by Lucille Corcos. Arrangements by Dr. Albert Sirmay. Michael Joseph (1941/1961) pp717


SEARLE, Townley. SIR WILLIAM SCHWENCK GILBERT. A TOPSY-TURVY ADVENTURE. With decorations by the author. And an Introduction by R.E.Swartwout, M.A. Alexander-Ouseley (1931) pp105 (a comprehensive Gilbert bibliography)

D’OYLY CARTE history:

BETTANY, Clemence. D'OYLY CARTE CENTENARY 1875-1975 laminated landscape booklet pp104

JOSEPH, Tony :

(a) THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY 1875-1982 an unofficial history. Bunthorne Books (1994) pp388 NEW

(b) EVELYN GARDINER (1894-1970) Flying Opera Singer. Bunthorne Books (2004) pp108. D'Oyly Carte Personalities Series, 4. 1920's/1930's D'Oyly Carte chorister and principal contralto + Williamson Opera Company, Australia and New Zealand NEW

(c) GEORGE GROSSMITH Biography of a Savoyard. Bunthorne Books (1982 - Reprinted 2000) pp212, laminated paper wraps NEW

(d) FREDERICK NEEBE (1843-97). Theatre Manager: Exeter, Weymouth, Devonport, Bath. Starting as an actor, he then became manager of the aforementioned theatres; at one stage of all four simultaneously. In each of these towns he presented a wide range of Victorian theatrical entertainment from Shakespeare to Sensation Plays, from Burlesques to farce.This was also the period when the D'Oyly Carte companies began touring the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan; and Frederick Neebe has his place in D'Oyly Carte history as the man who brought a number of these companies to one or more of his four theatres on a variety of occasions. D'Oyly Carte Personalities Series, 1. Bunthorne Books, Bristol (2000) pp51 laminated wraps NEW

(e) CHARLES GOULDING (mid - 1880s to 1939). Bristol Tenor. D'Oyly Carte Personalities Series, 2. Bunthorne Books, Bristol 2001 pp60 , laminated wraps NEW Born in the 1880s, joined the DC OC in 1919. With company 17 years, played leading tenor parts: esp. distinguished as Dick Dauntless in RUDDIGORE, Fairfax in YEOMEN, and Marco in THE GONDOLIERS

(f) AILEEN DAVIES 1920s Soubrette. D'Oyly Carte Personalities Series, 3. Bunthorne Books (2003) pp92, laminated wraps NEW Born in 1902, joined the DC OC in 1923. With company 5 years. Favourite parts : Mad Margaret in RUDDIGORE, Phoebe in THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD and Tessa in THE GONDOLIERS

(g) EMMIE OWEN and FLORENCE PERRY "Maidenly Perfection" (soprano members of the DC OC for most of the 1890s). D'Oyly Carte Personalities Series, 5. Bunthorne Books (2005) pp123; 23 illustrations NEW

(h) LEONARD OSBORN "Dauntless he..." (2007) pp160 ; 41 illustrations. ISBN : 978-0-9507992-8-5. Leonard Osborn's D'Oyly Carte career spanned no fewer than forty-three years (1937-1980) and fell into three distinct phases. From 1937 to 1940 he was a chorister and small-part player. Then in 1946, after a gap necessitated by war service in the RAF, he was promoted to principal tenor, a position he retained until 1959. Finally, after another, much longer gap, he went back between 1977 and 1980 for a spell as the Company's Director of Productions NEW

FRED BILLINGTON "A Large Meat Eater" (2008) pp138 ISBN : 978-0-9507992-9-2. Bunthorne Books, Bristol NEW

WILSON, Robin & LLOYD, Frederic. GILBERT & SULLIVAN. The D'Oyly Carte Years - The Official D'Oyly Carte Picture History pp216 (1984). Introduction by Lord Wilson. Forewords by Dame Bridget D'Oyly Carte DBE & John Reed OBE

WOOD, Roger. A D'OYLY CARTE ALBUM. A Pictorial Record of the Gilbert and Sullivan Operas. Foreword by Bridget D'Oyly Carte. Adam and Charles Black (1953) pp66 with 86 photographs

Also: SECOND EDITION (1958) with 90 photographs pp68: (1) VG, d/w (2) VG, d/w worn


BOND, Jessie: The life and reminiscences of the old Savoyard as told by herself to Ethel Macgeorge. With 15 illustrations. John Lane The Bodley Head Limited. (1930)

GREEN, Martyn. HERE'S A HOW-DE-DO Travelling with Gilbert and Sullivan. Reinhardt pp210

LAWSON, Winifred (1894-1961). A SONG TO SING-O! Foreword by Sir Malcolm Sargent. Michael Joseph (1955) pp238 d/w

LYTTON, Henry A. THE SECRETS OF A SAVOYARD. Jarrolds (1922) pp191: (a) Author's Presentation copy (with b&w photograph)."Yours very sincerely, Henry A. Lytton In friendships Name" (Iolanthe) undated

LYTTON, Henry. A WANDERING MINSTREL. Reminiscences. Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Stanley Baldwin. Jarrolds (1933 - 1st edition) pp287

REED, John. NOTHING WHATEVER TO GRUMBLE AT. His Story as told to Cynthia Morey. Xlibris (2006) pp147

ROUND, Thomas. A Wand’ring Minstrel, I. The autobiography of Thomas Round. Carnegie Publishing (2002) pp214

MORRELL, Roberta. KENNETH SANDFORD `Merely corroborative detail'. Published by K.Sandford. Produced by Ron Billings. 1999 pp214


AINGER, Michael. GILBERT and SULLIVAN A Dual Biography. The acclaimed NEW biography with many fresh insights and fascinating detail. OUP (2002) hardback, d/w pp504

BRADLEY, Ian. OH JOY! OH RAPTURE! The Enduring Phenomenon of Gilbert and Sullivan. The first significant and in-depth analysis of the enduring popularity of Gilbert & Sullivan by one of the world's leading authorities on their work. OUP Hardback (2005) pp352

WREN, Gayden. A MOST INGENIOUS PARADOX The Art of Gilbert and Sullivan. OUP (USA) pp 396 (2001)

Many of these can be found at Christopher Browne's Online Gilbert and Sullivan Online Catalogue

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