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
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
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