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The Gilbert and Sullivan Operas and ‘Middle-Class’ Ideals

  • Michael Goron
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre book series (PSBMT)

Abstract

Goron explores the idea that the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company emerged from a specific set of social conditions and ‘Victorian Values’ which affected theatre production and audience expectations in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The chapter outlines the core ‘Victorian values’ espoused by respectable, middle-class Victorian society. Examples from the opera libretti, from the lives of Gilbert, Sullivan, their manager, Richard D’Oyly Carte, and from the stars of the Savoy Theatre are used throughout the chapter to illustrate and comment on the middle-class ideology which underpinned their work.

Keywords

Middle Class Social Order Social Hierarchy Social Boundary Theatre Practitioner 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Goron
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Southampton Solent UniversitySouthamptonUK
  2. 2.University of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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