Gilbert & Sullivan
a selling exhibition of memorabilia
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Here you'll find programmes and other memorabilia currently for sale.The most recent additions to the list are found at the top of the page.

This page only includes items which are currently FOR SALE. However, as the items which have already been sold form an interesting record of Gilbert, Sullivan and D' Oyly Carte performers in the nineteenth century, I have created an extensive archive, for researchers and collectors, with the material presented in date order, for ease of reference, including, where possible, opening night dates, run lengths and cast changes.

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Iolanthe matinee

This blue programme, of the type issued to those in cheaper seats, dates from between February and August 1883, during which period Leila was played by Maud Cathcart. With no details of a curtain raiser, this programme was probably produced for a matinee. £60

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early Rutland Barrington appearance

This programme for a revival of Ticket-of-Leave Man at the Royal Olympic Theatre is dated Monday June 28th 1875, with a suggestion that it may have been produced for the first performance. Ellen (Nellie) Farren (see Thespis) played Sam Willoughby and Brunton was one "R. Barrington", presumably Rutland, appearing less than a year after his stage debut and before creating his first G&S character in The Sorcerer. £45

click to view item Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith

Gilbert's Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith was first produced at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. The three-act drama opened on 11th September 1876. Herman Vezin played the title role. £30

click to view item The Hooligan

Gilbert's final play, The Hooligan, was a dramatic one-act piece. It premiered, as part of a variety bill, at the London Coliseum on 27th February, 1911. Over the coming four weeks The Hooligan played twice daily, except for the week of 13th March, when it was only seen in the evenings, being replaced by The Man in the Street at matinees. It therefore appears to have been presented only 42 times before being withdrawn. This programme was produced for the first week. £100

click to view item Leonora Braham with the German Reeds 1876

Programme and book of words for Matched and Mated by F.C. Burnand with German Reed music, Our Table D'Hote by Corney Grain, and The Three Tenants by Gilbert A'Beckett and Reed. Savoy soprano Leonora Braham appeared in the first piece. They ran together from 6th to 20h November 1876. £45

click to view item Leonora Braham with the German Reeds 1877

Programme and book of words for A Happy Bungalow by Arthur Law and King Hall, with Edwin and Angelina by Corney Grain, and Number 204 by F.C. Burnand with German Reed music. Savoy soprano Leonora Braham appeared in the first and the last piece. They ran together from 11th June to 16th July 1877. £45

click to view item PRINCESS IDA at Drury Lane benefit

Selected as the finale of the annual Actors Benevolent Fund Matinee, at Drury Lane on June 19th 1884, was a selection from Princess Ida, featuring Durward Lely, Charles Ryley and Henry Bracy. Also on the bill that afternoon were, among many others, Henry Irving, Ellen Terry, and Kate Vaughan. Madame Patey and Mr Santley also sang, and it is maybe not entirely coincidental that Richard D'Oyly Carte is named on the cover as Vice-President of the charity ! Price reduced - now £40.

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On Tues December 11th 1900 the Garrick Theatre hosted a benefit matinee in aid of the Sailor's Home in Chatham, Kent. The usual mix of playlets and variety entertainment, George Grossmith performed some humorous songs and selections, and his brother Weedon appeared in his own comedy, A Commission. Dan Leno joined other great names of the day, including H.B. Irving, Martin Harvey and Hayden Coffin. Price reduced - now £30.

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On Wednesday afternoon, July 16th 1890, at St James's Hall, Henry Irving and Ellen Terry gave a recital of scenes from their production of Macbeth, first seen at the Lyceum in 1888. Sullivan had composed music specifically for this production, and at the 1890 recital a full orchestra played the pieces. This flyer for the event is printed on hand made paper. Price reduced - now £10.

click to view item MIKADO / AFTER ALL

The second revival of The Mikado, which opened at the Savoy on 6th Nov 1895. The production featured Rutland Barrington, Jessie Bond and Rosina Brandram in their original characters, and closed after 127 performances, on March 4th 1896. This programme is dated for 6th December. Price reduced - now £60.

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A fundraising event in Watford in 1919, to raise funds for a local hospital, locals presented seven of the operas in pageant form, directed by W. Simms-Bull, former Stage Manager at the Savoy and on some of the D'Oyly Carte tours. The 36 page handbook includes his photograph, as well as casts and plots of the operas presented. Price reduced - now £8.

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BILLEE TAYLOR in Liverpool

Steven's and Solomon's comic opera "Billee Taylor" was later toured by D'Oyly Carte, but in April 1881, when it appeared at the Alexandra Theatre in Liverpool, it was under the management of Charles Bernard. Price reduced - now £8.



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