Gilbert and Sullivan

Thought you might like to know, to save  those who are not G&S aficionados from a distracting brain-wrack, which bits of the operas we are quoting (or massacring), in the course of  our story. It is, of course,  a story, as it is based on a fictional situation fomented in the fevered cornucopia which is Tim Knapman’s (our playwright’s) imagination. I’m sure you can tell that he has one of those from his picture in the programme.

Anyway, the musical quotes (“as opposed to the unmusical?”, I hear you cry! No, as opposed to the dialogue quotes), are as follows:

He is an Englishman (The Bosun)-H.M.S. Pinafore

With Cat-like Tread (Pirates Chorus) The Pirates of Penzance

A Wand’ring Minstrel I (Nanki-Poo) The Mikado (.....and that’s just the first five minutes...)
There is Beauty in the Bellow of the Blast -(Ko-Ko and Katisha)The Mikado

I’ve Got a little List (Ko-Ko, the `Lord High Executioner’) The Mikado

When the Night Wind Howls – (Sir Roderic) Ruddigore  

Is Life a Boon?  (Colonel Fairfax) The Yeomen of the Guard

If You’re Anxious for to Shine –(Bunthorne) Patience

Loudly Let the Trumpet Bray (Peers’ Chorus) Iolanthe

There’s a Little Group of Isles (Zara) Utopia Ltd. (One for the cognoscenti there)

The Judge’s Song (Judge) Trial by Jury

Little List (Ko-Ko) Mikado (again !)

And again...

The Nightmare Song (Lord Chancellor) Iolanthe

Twenty Love-sick Maidens, We (The Maidens) Patience

In Friendship’s Name (Tolloller/ Mountararat/ Pvt. Willis) Iolanthe

If You Go In (Tolloller/ Lord Chancellor/ Mountararat) Iolanthe

End of Act 1. Phew!

Act 2

Cheerily Carols the Lark (Mad Margaret) Ruddigore

My Boy You May Take It From Me (Robin) Ruddigore

Things Are Seldom What they Seem (Little Buttercup) H.M.S. Pinafore

The Roulette Song (Prince of Monte Carlo) The Grand Duke (another rarity)

We’re Called Gondolieri (Marco and Giuseppe) The Gondoliers

Sir Joseph Porter’s Song (Guess who?) H.M.S. Pinafore

Courtiers’ Chorus (Male Chorus) Princess Ida

Neevr Mind the Why and Wherefore (Josephine/Sir Joseph/Captain) H.M.S. Pinafore

None Shall Part Us (Phyllis/Strephon) Iolanthe

The Major General’s Song (Sir Joseph Porter—only kidding) Pirates of Penzance

None Shall Part Us Iolanthe (again)

Finale Act 2 (Marco, Giuseppe and Chorus) The Gondoliers