THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Miscellaneous short items


THE STAGE. (By D.A.) Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle 1880 April 3 3118: 3, col. 1, section 4

    Messrs Gilbert and Sullivan's new comic opera called "The Pirates of Penzance" will be performed for the first time in London at the Opera Comique tonight. "The Pirates" has proved an unequivocal success in the United States. It has also been performed once in England to secure the copyright at Paignton in Devonshire.
 
 


THE STAGE. (By D.A.) Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle 1880 April 10 3119: 3, col. 2

    Mr. D'Oyley [sic] Carte has concluded an arrangement with the proprietor of the Fifth Avenue Theatre, New York, for the production in the autumn of a new opera by Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan. At present the promised masterpiece of genius is wandering at will about the empty spaces of the universe. Neither poet nor musician has commenced operations.
    Not long ago Mr. Husted, one of the agents of Messrs [sic] Gilbert and Sullivan in the United States, discovered a man in the act of taking a short hand report of "The Pirates of Penzance" in the Globe Theatre, Boston. The reporter, a member of the staff of the Boston Herald, explained that he was "short-handing" the piece for his own amusement. Nevertheless, his book was taken from him, and he was turned out of the theatre.


 

transcribed by Helga J. Perry, 18 July 2001