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Author Goron, Michael,
Title Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Respectable capers' : class, respectability and the Savoy operas 1877-1909 / Michael Goron.
Imprint London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

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Series Palgrave studies in British musical theatre
Palgrave studies in British musical theatre.
Subject Sullivan, Arthur, 1842-1900. Operas.
Gilbert, W. S. (William Schwenck), 1836-1911.
Opera -- England -- 19th century.
Music -- Social aspects -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Social classes -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Opera -- Production and direction -- England -- 19th century.
Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Foreword; Note; Acknowledgments; Contents; List of Figures ; Chapter 1: Introduction; Introduction; Chapter 2: The Gilbert andSullivan Operas and'Middle-Class' Ideals; Hierarchical Societies: The Sorcerer andHMS Pinafore; 'Respectable' Values: The Pirates ofPenzance, the Gondoliers, Patience, The Mikado, Princess Ida andUtopia, Limited; Entrepreneurship andProfessionalism; Summary; Chapter 3: The West End: 'Middle-Class' Values andCommercialisation; Remaking theWest End; Remarketing theMusical Stage: TheSavoy Operas; Summary; Chapter 4: Patience at theSavoy.
Geography andNeighbourhoodTheatre Architecture; Space andPlace: Sites ofReception; Space andPlace: TheAuditorium; Public Discourses: Theatre Programmes; Public Discourses: Printed Commentary; Summary; Chapter 5: Savoy Audiences 1881-1909; Pricing andSocial Division; Reserved Seating: Stalls andCircles; Unreserved Seating: ThePit; Pit Demographics; Unreserved Seating: Gallery andAmphitheatre; Audience Diversity: The'Lower Orders'; Singing intheGallery; The Lower-Middle Classes; Money, Leisure andClass; Summary.
Chapter 6: 'The D'Oyly Carte Boarding School': Female Respectability at theSavoy*Backstage Decorum; The Right Type ofGirl; Codes ofConduct; Summary; Chapter 7: 'The Placid English Style': Ideology andPerformance; Evidence: ThePress; Evidence: Visual andTextual; Evidence: Recordings andFilm; Comic andVocal Styles; Gentlemen andLadies; Performing Respectability; Gagging 'Gagging'; Summary; Chapter 8: Conclusion.
Respectability was harder to achieve in the theatrical sphere than in other professional fields. The theatre had little formalised career regulation, was tainted in the public imagination with immorality, and suffered, in terms of public perceptiBibliography; Nineteenth-Century Newspapers and Periodicals; Other Newspapers and Periodicals Consulted; Manuscripts; Quotations from W.S. Gilbert's Libretti Are Taken from; Primary Sources Cited or Reproduced; Secondary Sources; Index.
Summary This innovative account of the Gilbert and Sullivan partnership provides a unique insight into the experience of both attending and performing in the original productions of the most influential and enduring pieces of English-language musical theatre. In the 1870s, Savoy impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte astutely realized that a conscious move to respectability in a West End which, until then, had favored the racy delights of burlesque and French operetta, would attract a new, lucrative morally 'decent' audience. This book examines the commercial, material and human factors underlying the Victorian productions of the Savoy operas. Unusually for a book on 'G & S', it focuses on people and things rather than author biography or literary criticism. Examining theatre architecture, interior design, marketing, and typical audiences, as well as the working conditions and personal lives of the members of a Victorian theatre-company, 'Respectable Capers' explains how the Gilbert and Sullivan operas helped to transform the West End into the family-friendly 'theatre land' which still exists today.
Note Online resource, title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed October 5, 2016).
ISBN 9781137594785 (electronic bk.)
1137594780 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1057/978-1-137-59478-5
OCLC # 959037474
Additional Format Printed edition: 9781137594778