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Updated 6 September 2005
 

List of reviews

1877 version

The Academy 1877 November 24 12: 500-501
Review by H.F. Frost

The Daily Telegraph 1877 November 19 7007: 3, col. 4

The Echo 1877 November 19

The Entr'acte and Limelight : Theatrical and Musical Critic and Advertiser 1877 November 17 438: 11 
Theatrical Mems. The action of the new piece, "The Sorcerer," which is to be produced at the Opera Comique to-night (Saturday), and for which we predict a success, has been arranged by the talented Mr. John D'Auban.

The Entr'acte and Limelight : Theatrical and Musical Critic and Advertiser 1877 November 24 439: 11 Opera Comique 
Unsigned review

The Era [Country Edition] 1877 November 25 40(2044): 5, cols. 3-4

The Era 1882 October 28 45(2301): 15, col. 3 The Drama in America (from our own correspondent). 
"THE SORCERER" will be done on Tuesday next, at the Bijou Opera House [New York], with John Howson, Charley Campbell, Lillian Russell, and Madeleine Lucette in the cast.
[this production was not authorised by Carte]

The Era 1882 November 25 45(2305): 5, col. 4
Review of Mr. John Howson as John Wellington Wells and in other (non-G&S) productions in New York

The Era 1882 December 9 45(2307): 4, col. 4 The Drama in America. 
Unsigned news items on what Carte is paying the girls in his New York company and on the continued success of The Sorcerer at the Bijou Opera House.

The Examiner 1877 November 24

The Globe 1877 November

The Hornet 1877 November 21

The Illustrated London News 1877 November 10 71(2000): 
About forthcoming production of The Sorcerer

The Illustrated London News 1877 November 24 71(2002): 510

Lett's Independent 1877 November 24

Lloyd's Weekly 1877 November 18

The Monthly Musical Record 1878 January 1 8: 7-8

Music and Drama 1882 October 21 4(3): 7, col. 2-3UNFINISHED TRANSCRIPTION
Review by Frederic Archer of unauthorized production at the Bijou Opera House, New York

The Musical Times 1877 December 1 18(418): 592-593 OPÉRA-COMIQUE. 
Unsigned review

The Musical World 1877 November 24 55(47): 782 [from The Times]

The Musical World 1877 December 1 55(48): 796 [from The Graphic]

The Musical World 1877 December 1 55(48): 796-797 [from The Examiner]

The Musical World 1877 December 1 55(48): 797 [from the London Correspondence of the Liverpool "Porcupine"]

The New-York Times 1882 October 8 32(9699 Quadruple sheet): 8, col. 7. AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL NOTES. 
Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer," which some people think is the best piece of work from the pens of these two famous writers, is announced for the 16th inst. at the Bijou Opera-house. The cast will include Miss Lilian Russell, Miss Laura Joyce, Mr. John Howson, and Mr. Digby Bell. [this production was not authorised by Carte]

The New-York Times 1882 October 12 32(9703): 4, col. 6. AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL NOTES.
Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" will not be produced at the Bijou Opera-house on Monday next, as first announced, but the following evening, when the public will have leisure to witness the performance of this opera, which is considered by some judges the best effort of its composers.

The New-York Times 1882 October 15 32(9705 Quadruple sheet): 8, col. 7 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" is to be brought out at the Bijou Opera-house on Tuesday evening, the 17th inst., with an admirable cast, which includes Miss Lilian Russell, Miss Laura Joyce, Mr. Howson, Mr. Bell, Mr. Greensfelder, and the other members of the company. The management promise new scenery and costumes. Many people prefer the "Sorcerer" to any of Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas, and that is saying a good deal in its praise.
The New-York Times 1882 October 17 32(9707): 5, col. 4 AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL NOTES. 
Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" will be given for the first time to-night at the Bijou Opera-house, with a cast which includes Miss Lilian Russell, Miss Joyce, and the other principal members of the company.

The New-York Times 1882 October 18 32(9708): 5, col. 4 AMUSEMENTS. BIJOU OPERA-HOUSE. Unsigned review of (unauthorised) production of The Sorcerer

The New-York Times 1882 October 21 32(9711): 5, col. 4 AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL NOTES. 
Matinées will be given this afternoon at the Fifth-Avenue Theatre, where "The Chimes of Normandy" will be played; at the Standard Theatre, where "Les Manteaux Noirs" will be repeated, and at the Bijou Opera-house, where Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" is presented in inimitable style.

The New-York Times 1882 October 25 32(9714): 4, col. 6 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" has won unprecedented success at the Bijou Opera-house, and the sign of "standing-room only" is seen every night in front of this establishment.

The New-York Times 1882 October 28 32(9717): 5, col. 1 AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL NOTES.
 "The Sorcerer" will be given both this afternoon and evening at the Bijou Opera-house. The excellence of its representation has already insured its continuing success. 

The New-York Times 1882 October 29 32(9717 Quadruple sheet): 8, col. 7 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
The "Sorcerer" will continue to be given during the week at the Bijou Opera-house, and there is every indication that it will hold the boards for many more weeks.

The New-York Times 1882 November 4 32(9723): 5, col. 3 AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC NOTES.
There will be matinée performances to-day of "Rip Van Winkle" at the Standard Theatre, where a highly amusing and attractive representation of this bright operetta is given; at the Bijou Opera-house, where Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Sorcerer" will be repeated to the crowded house that has greeted its every performance [...]

The New-York Times 1882 November 5 32(9723 Quadruple sheet): 2, col. 2 RECORD OF AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS. 
There will be an extra matinée performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" at the Bijou Opera-house on Tuesday, election day. The opera is highly successful, and bids fair to hold the stage for a long time.
The New-York Times 1882 November 11 32(9729): 5, col. 2 AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC NOTES.
There will be an abundant supply of musical matinées to-day, and evening performances, also. At the Bijou Opera-house Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer," which has proved so great a success, will be played twice [...]

The New-York Times 1882 November 12 32(9729 Quadruple sheet): 8, col. 7 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
"The Sorcerer" will be given throughout the week, and apparently for many weeks to come at the Bijou Opera-house.

The New-York Times 1882 November 18 32(9735): 5, col. 3 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
The list of musical performances this afternoon and evening is of remarkable proportions. The Standard Theatre Company will repeat their very clever representation of "Rip Van Winkle," both afternoon and evening, and at the Bijou Opera-house Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" will be twice performed by the admirable troupe of this establishment. [...]

The New-York Times 1882 November 25 32(9741): 5, col. 1 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
A matinée performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" will be given to-day at the Bijou Opera-house.

The New-York Times 1882 November 30 32(9745): 4, col. 7 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION. 
An extra matinée of the "Sorcerer" will be given this afternoon at the Bijou Opera-house, with Messrs. Howson, Bell, and others who have been in the cast this week.

The New-York Times 1882 December 10 32(9753 Quadruple sheet): 9, col. 1 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
The "Sorcerer" at the Bijou continues to draw the same full houses that were noticed some weeks ago. Miss Lillian Russell has been seriously ill and her condition has excited much apprehension, but it is stated that she is now recovering and will shortly reappear at the theatre. In the meantime her rôle is very cleverly assumed by Mme. Lucette.

The New-York Times 1882 December 17 32(9759 Quadruple sheet): 9, col. 1 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
The "Sorcerer," at the Bijou Opera-house, continues to attract a throng every night and at the matinées.

The New-York Times 1882 December 28 32(9769): 5, col. 2 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
Miss Lillian Russell, whose return to the stage in "The Sorcerer" was of brief duration, has been dangerously ill again, and was not expected to recover. She is now pronounced out of danger, but it is not likely she will be able to resume her professional duties for some time to come.

The New-York Times 1882 December 31 32(9771 Triple sheet): 7, col. 2 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
At the Bijou Opera-house Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" will be given during the coming week, and will then be withdrawn to make room for the new opera by Messrs. Stephens and Solomon entitled "Virginia," which will be produced at this theatre Tuesday evening, Jan 9, with the full company.

The Observer 1877 November 18

Public Opinion 1877 November

Punch 1878 March 16 74: 109
Review by "Your Representative"

The Saturday Review 1877 December 1 : 683

The Sportsman 1877 November 19

The Standard 1877 November 19

The Sunday Times 1877 November 25 2850: 3, cols. 4-5 UNFINISHED TRANSCRIPTION

The Theatre : a weekly critical review 1877 November 21 2(43): 1 In London. 
Unsigned review

The Weekly Dispatch 1877 November

The West London Express 1877 November 24 1(11): 130, col. 3

The World 1877 November 21 7(177): 10
 
 

1884 version

The Advertiser 1898 September 23

The Athenaeum 1884 October 18 2973: 505

The Daily Telegraph 1884 October 13 9167: 2, col. 5 
Unsigned review

The Entr'acte and Limelight : a Theatrical and Musical Critic and Advertiser 1884 October 18 799: 12 THE THEATRES. SAVOY. 
Unsigned review

The Era 1884 October 18 47(2404): 15, cols. 1-2

The Globe 1898 September 23

The Graphic 1884 October 18 30(777): 407 col. 2 MUSIC. "THE SORCERER." 
Unsigned review

The Illustrated London News 1884 October 18 85(2374): 366, col. 3
Review by "G.A.S."

The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News 1884 November 8 22(568): 176 
Review by "Our Captious Critic" [illustration of Rutland Barrington on p. 177]

The Morning Post 1898 September 23

The Musical Times 1898 October 1 39(668): 668,673
Unsigned review

The Pictorial World 1884 October 16 New series 5(112): 367, col. 2, pgph. 4 MUSIC AND THE DRAMA. 
News item by "L.G."

St. James's Gazette 1898 September 23 37(5678): 5 SAVOY THEATRE. 
Unsigned review

The Sunday Times 1884 October 19 3210: 7, col. 2

The Sunday Times 1898 September 25 3938: 6, col. 4, pgphs. 2-4

The Theatre 1884 November 1 New [4th] series 4: 238-240 Our Musical-Box. UNFINISHED TRANSCRIPTION
Review by William Beatty-Kingston of the revival of The Sorcerer and Trial by Jury 

The Times 1884 October 13 31263: 4, col. 3 UNFINISHED TRANSCRIPTION

The Times 1898 September 23 35629: 4, pgph 2
 
 




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