1905–1906 The Trouble with Casting

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI:
1905–1906 The Trouble with Casting

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Helen Carte wrote William Gilbert a long letter in which she went into meticulous detail over their dispute about casting. She reminded him of the agreement made in 1895, where it was stated that if Gilbert did not like the cast and did not care to supervise rehearsals, he could take £1,000 instead. She went over their correspondence concerning the revival, stressing that there were no old Savoyards available except Henry Lytton. Rather than give up the idea of the revivals, which she felt inclined to do, she knew that she had to construct her own cast or, an alternative which she refused to contemplate, must enter into a controversial correspondence with himself. Gilbert would not be moved by Helen Carte's reasonable arguments. He replied to her on the day of the opening. Gilbert accepted that she had kept to their contract.

Keywords: Helen Carte; William Gilbert; casting; agreement; rehearsals; revival; Henry Lytton

Chapter.  5768 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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