1907–1908 Interpolations

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI:
1907–1908 Interpolations

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When William Gilbert received notification in March of Helen Carte's intention to stage a revival of The Mikado and an invitation to undertake the stage management, he accepted without argument. Apart from Herbert Workman as Ko-Ko, Henry Lytton had been engaged to play the part of the Mikado and Rutland Barrington that of Pooh-Bah. He had a preliminary discussion with Workman at Eaton Square about allowable interpolations, and rehearsals proper began on Monday, April 1. In place of criticism of the cast, Gilbert took issue with Helen Carte over the “interpolations and excrescences” that had crept into the libretti in the touring companies. Helen Carte denied that any interpolations were allowed except those that Gilbert himself authorized from time to time. If Gilbert had any authentic information about interpolations and would let her know, she assured him that she would deal with the matter.

Keywords: William Gilbert; Helen Carte; The Mikado; Herbert Workman; interpolations; rehearsals; libretti

Chapter.  6467 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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