Here's A How-De-Do

The Sullivan & Gilbert Story

Premiering on Sunday 2nd May at 8pm on YouTube - a radio play about the lives of Sir Arthur Sullivan and Sir W.S. Gilbert, rehearsed and recorded online during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Our production of The Pirates of Penzance is currently on hold due to the global pandemic, but meanwhile we have been busy creating lots of online content for you to enjoy. Our mission to 'Keep Gilbert & Sullivan Alive' remains proactive, in spite of ongoing restrictions.

Our latest project is a radio play called Here's a How-De-Do. Written by Tim Dowley, it tells the story of the great partnership between W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, which spawned the beloved Savoy Operas. As well as the two theatrical legends themselves, you will meet other notable characters from their spheres, such as impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte, society girl and Sullivan's lover Fanny Ronalds, performers George Grossmith and Marion Terry, and more.

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The Company
W.S. Gilbert
D'Oyly Carte
George Grossmith

Adrian Samuel

Stewart Patient

Rowan Stanfield

Stan Fillery

Paul Eccles

Jenny McCalmont

Lucy Sarsfield

Miss Kenyon

Alison King

Mrs Russell

Sue Davies

Miss Shaw

Margot Miller

Patrick Birdsall

Michael Bale

Supporting Cast

Trevor Allen

David Joyce

Pam Cross

Peter Tucknott

Production Team

Wendy Dovey

Pat White

Rowan Stanfield

The Dramatist
Tim Dowley

Tim Dowley, a Londoner by birth, has written a number of plays staged in London and at the Edinburgh Festival, including Gorki & Co about creative relationship of Maxim Gorki and Leonid Andreyev, and Mary, Mary, a one-woman play about Mary Wollstonecraft. His radio play about Harold Pinter and his Hackney English teacher is currently under offer.

Tim has written a number of books on history and music, including a study of Bob Dylan, a biography of JS Bach and an anthology of parodies. Tim has acted in London, Edinburgh and at the Little Theatre, Guernsey, and served on the Olivier Awards panel.

A theatre enthusiast and music lover, Tim lives in Dulwich, South London, with his wife and three children.

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