Gilbert and Sullivan: Class and the Savoy Tradition, 1875-1896
Making use of archival resources in the U.K. and the U.S., Regina B. Oost examines advertisements, promotional materials and programs, as well as letters, diaries and account books to reconstruct the ways in which Richard D'Oyly Carte, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan attracted and shaped the expectations of theatregoers.
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