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05 February 2020Gilbert and Sullivan the birth of English operetta
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Gilbert and Sullivan the birth of English operetta Ian Gledhill Wednesday 05 February 2020

Ian Gledhill has had a very varied career, from designing underground railways as an engineer for London Transport, to appearing in pantomime with Julian Clary. In between he has worked in travel and tourism, music publishing, television, and especially the theatre, where he has been an actor, director, set designer, stage manager and opera translator. His main interests include architecture, history, transport and classical music, especially opera and operetta, and these are reflected in the wide ranging list of subjects for his lectures. He began giving lectures in 1997, and now gives on average around 140 a year. 


In the 1860s the British musical stage was dominated by the operettas of Jacques Offenbach and his French contemporaries.  However, French operetta in its original form was considered too risqué for British audiences, and the shows had to be bowdlerised to a considerable extent.  It was the unique partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan that produced a home grown answer to the French which was free of "anything that could give the slightest offence".