William S. Gilbert

William S. Gilbert
1836 - 1911

William S. Gilbert  British Director


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First Name William
Middle Name S.
Last Name Gilbert
Age 74 (age at death) years
Birthday 18th November, 1836
Birthplace Strand, London
Died 29th May, 1911
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Nationality British
Occupation Director

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (18 November 1836 – 29 May 1911) was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the fourteen comic operas (known as the Savoy operas) produced in collaboration with the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan. The most famous of these include H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and one of the most frequently performed works in the history of musical theatre, The Mikado. These, as well as several of the other Savoy operas, continue to be frequently performed in the English-speaking world and beyond by opera companies, repertory companies, schools and community theatre groups. Lines from these works have become part of the English language, such as "short, sharp shock", "What, never? Well, hardly ever!", and "Let the punishment fit the crime".

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