'I’ve got a little list of society offenders': the wit and satire of Gilbert & Sullivan – Act II

Stephen Goss

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

It is impossible to cover the wealth of satire and parody in the works of Gilbert & Sullivan in a single one-hour talk.

This is the second part of the exploration of the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, where the ’topsy-turvy’ world is a mirror reflecting Victorian society. In an era marked by rapid social and political change, Gilbert gave theatre-going Victorians topical themes and references, targeted the most revered institutions of British society, and lampooned well-known figures.

Learn more about late Nineteenth Century British history and the context to the Savoy Operas, including their smash hit The Mikado with ‘Act II’, which goes beyond ‘Act I’ – but has just as much humour and as many musical interludes.

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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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