No tolerance of undeserving rank and splendour: the wit and satire of Gilbert & Sullivan – Act I

Stephen Goss


Region:
South East
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Type:
Professional historian
Fee:
Paid: £90.00
Category:
History
Updated:
19th May 2024

The comedy and music of the Savoy Operas has ensured they remain popular to this day. Discover the witty commentary on contemporary Victorian society woven into the libretti. Uncover the thinly veiled satire of some of the plots, what motivated Gilbert to write certain operas, and unmask the characters which were deliberate parodies of specific Victorian politicians and notables.

The talk not only provides context to the operas, but also gives an insight into British society, culture, and world view in the Victorian era. If you enjoy Gilbert & Sullivan or are interested in British Nineteenth Century history – this talk and its second part are for you.

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About Stephen Goss

An academic historian published in peer-review journals who has been a popular speaker in local historical societies and community groups for a decade.

With me you get history based on the highest standard of research and analysis - presented in an engaging, witty and enjoyable way. I tailor my talks to suit your audience; I guarantee you will be fascinated with the insights and hear humorous anecdotes which will stay with you.

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However, as an Ulsterman, I can address any size of audience effectively without aid, and nonetheless ensure it is engaging. Let me know what you need and I am happy to accommodate.


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