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1893 Utopia, Limited

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147698.003.0029
1893 Utopia, Limited

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The Savoy Theatre reopened its doors on Saturday, October 7, 1893, for the first performance of Utopia (Limited); or, The Flowers of Progress. The parentheses around “Limited” were to be removed later. The line had formed at 10 a.m. for the first new Gilbert and Sullivan opera to appear for nearly four years; there had been no Gilbert and Sullivan in London since The Gondoliers had closed more than two years before, after an unbroken run of operas over a period of 14 and a half years. Since The Gondoliers, musical comedy had appeared on the scene when George Edwardes produced In Town at the Gaiety. Questions as to whether the old Gilbert and Sullivan formula would be able to compete successfully in the new musical world surrounded them. William Gilbert was now 56, and Arthur Sullivan 51.

Keywords: Savoy Theatre; Utopia; Flowers of Progress; Gilbert and Sullivan; opera; London; Gondoliers; musical comedy; William Gilbert; Arthur Sullivan

Chapter.  4359 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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