Curtain-raiser The London Grocer and the Irish Soldier

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI:
Curtain-raiser The London Grocer and the Irish Soldier

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This book examines the lives of two men—William Gilbert and Thomas Sullivan—one English and the other Irish, whose descendants were destined to make such a mark on the nineteenth century and beyond. The completion of Blackfriars Bridge in 1769 and the development of the area of Southwark, south of the Thames, led to a migration from the slums of Westminster to what many hoped was a brighter future on the other side of the river, and Gilbert was alive to the business potential. Sullivan took part in the battle of Vitoria, which proved to be the turning point of the Peninsular War. Before the end of the century, the names “Gilbert and Sullivan,” William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, would be linked in the most famous partnership in theatre of the Victorian period.

Keywords: William Gilbert; Thomas Sullivan; Blackfriars; battle; Vitoria; Peninsular War; Arthur Sullivan; partnership; theater

Chapter.  3673 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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