Gilbert & Sullivan were one of the greatest duos of all time...until they weren’t. Their partnership was peppered with petty feuds for years, until in 1890, the infamous Carpet Quarrel broke the pair apart. After that, they wrote only two more operas together, the last of which was the only financial failure in their joined career: The Grand Duke. Both of them were decidedly unhappy with it, critics were underwhelmed by it, companies avoided producing it...and yet today, the Grand Duke has achieved “cult classic” status amongst Gilbert & Sullivan fans!
How? Join stage director Robert Hockenberry and comedic actor Andy Hickly to find out, as they delve into the history of Gilbert & Sullivan’s writing process, the Savoy Theatre, their use of stock characterization, and the process of adapting, directing, and acting out a famous flop turned fan favorite 100 years later! Grab a sausage roll and listen in!
Robert Hockenberry has directed for the Pittsburgh Savoyards, Comtra Theatre, IUP Theatre, Indiana Players, Inc., McKeeport Little Theatre, and the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival. He is a writer and is currently the resident technical director of the Pittsburgh Savoyards. Educated at Point Park University’s Conservatory of the Performing Arts and Indiana University of PA, he brings a wealth of musical theatre and direction to the stage.
The Pittsburgh Savoyards have been offering entertainment to the greater Pittsburgh area for 82 years and during this difficult time, are looking to support our artists with online events, small productions and classes.
Starved of theatre, literature, cultural activities? Yes? Good then this is for you. Britsburgh is talking its activities into the virtual realm! In a series of live events in the coming weeks streamed online using the Zoom Video Conference App, you will experience aspects of theatre, readings, history, interviews and more. Once you log on, your Virtual Host will make sure you can see and hear us, but we can’t hear or see you. The events are live and the experience is remarkable!
This presentation is open to everyone.
Explore fascinating British-themed topics with the guidance of experts and enjoy the company and conversation of fellow enthusiasts as a member of the Britsburgh Society. Society members enjoy our Britsburgh Arts Society, the Britsburgh Beer Society, the Britsburgh History Society, the Britsburgh Literary Society and the Britsburgh Tea Society. If you are not already a member, I would like to invite you to consider becoming a Britsburgh Society member. To become a member, visit the Britsburgh membership page.
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