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Updated 16 December 2006
 


Contents

 


The Advertiser [I have not yet checked to make sure this isn't in fact the Morning Advertiser]
  • 1898 September 23 review of revival of The Sorcerer and Trial by Jury at the Savoy Theatre
Allgemeine Musik-Zeitung
  • 1896 December ? Review of Ivanhoe by Otto Lessmann
The Army and Navy Gazette
  • 1882 December 2 23(1193 special supplement): 974. [UNSIGNED]. Amusements. [review of Iolanthe - says 9 numbers were encored but doesn't name them]
The Brighton Guardian
The Bristol Times and Mirror
  • 1901 December 17 130(11558): 3, col. 7 Report on the omission of "Fold your flapping wings" from the revival of Iolanthe at the Savoy, quoting the lyrics
The British Realm
  • 1901 December 19 Unsigned review of The Willow Pattern [to become curtain-raiser to Iolanthe]
The Broad Arrow
  • 1881 October 15 Unsigned report on opening of the Savoy Theatre and Patience
The Candid Friend
The Cape Argus
  • 1902 May 6 PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS. GOOD HOPE THEATRE – PATIENCE
The Cape Times
  • 1902 April 22 Good Hope Theatre. "THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD."
Cornhill Magazine
  • 1901 March p. 300-309 Obituary of Sullivan by Fuller-Maitland
Country Life
The Court Journal : a record of manners, literature, science, art and fashion
  • 1881 October 19 Unsigned report on opening of the Savoy Theatre and Patience
  • 1882 December 2 2811: 1410. METROPOLITAN ON DITS. Note about rehearsals
  • 1882 December 2 2811: BULLETIN OF THE THEATRES. SAVOY. Unsigned review of Iolanthe

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    The Court Journal and Fashionable Gazette

  • 1901 December 14 3804: 1831. [UNSIGNED]. The theatres. The Savoy.
The Cuckoo
  • 1881 October 15 opening of the Savoy Theatre
The Daily Chronicle and Clerkenwell News
  • 1879 August 13 "The fracas at the Opera Comique"
  • 1881 October 11 Opening of the Savoy Theatre
  • 1882 November 27 6452: 6, col. 3 unsigned review of Iolanthe
The Daily Express
  • 1901 December 26 "IOLANTHE" AND THE SAVOY. Review of Iolanthe revival by "B. F. R."
The Daily Graphic
  • 1893 October 7 review of Utopia (Limited)
  • 1901 December 9 SAVOY THEATRE. REVIVAL OF "IOLANTHE."
The Echo
  • 1877 November 19 Unsigned review of The Sorcerer
  • 1879 April 18 H.M.S. Pinafore
  • 1881 October 11 Opening of the Savoy Theatre and Patience
  • 1882 November 27 review of Iolanthe [liked Pvt. Willis's Martini-Henry rifle]
The Electrician
  • 1881 October 15 Opening of the Savoy Theatre
England : a weekly newspaper for all classes
  • 1882 December 2 4(141): 4, col. 3 "IOLANTHE" AT THE SAVOY THEATRE. Unsigned review of Iolanthe
The Evening News [London]
  • 1882 November 27 413: 2, col. 4 review of Iolanthe
  • 1901 December 7 A TOPIC OF TO-DAY. Miss Rosina Brandram on "Iolanthe."
The Evening Standard [London]
  • 1879 August 12 The fracas at the Opera Comique
The Examiner
  • 1877 November 24 review of The Sorcerer
Figaro [The London Figaro - do not confuse with the French publication Le Figaro!]
  • 1878 June 1 BEFORE AND BEHIND THE CURTAIN. Unsigned review of H.M.S. Pinafore
  • 1882 November 18 1397: 16 BEFORE AND BEHIND THE CURTAIN. [by "Almaviva"] Messrs. Sullivan and Gilbert's new opera to be produced November 25th. Says The Era doesn't understand the time difference between London and New York.
  • 1882 December 2 1399: 16 SAVOY THEATRE. Unsigned review of Iolanthe
  • 1882 December 2 1399: 16-17 BEFORE AND BEHIND THE CURTAIN. News items about Iolanthe by "Almaviva"
  • 1883 September 22 1441: 6, col. 2. MUSICAL NOTES. Report that Sullivan will write a grand opera
  • 1883 September 29 1442: 13, col. 1. MUSICAL NOTES. "Sir Arthur Sullivan will conduct the first performance in London of "King David" by the Sacred Harmonic Society, November 16."
  • 1883 September 29 1442: 13, col. 3. BEFORE AND BEHIND THE CURTAIN. Report about the next Gilbert & Sullivan opera, to be based on Tennyson's Princess and satirising women's higher education
  • 1883 September 29 1442: 14, col. 3. BEFORE AND BEHIND THE CURTAIN. 300th performance of Iolanthe
Folkestone Express
  • 1902 January 4 Unsigned review of D'Oyly Carte touring company production of The Mikado
Freeman Journal
  • 1884 January 7 review of Princess Ida
Fun
  • 1878 June 5 review of H.M.S. Pinafore
Funny Folks
The Gentlewoman
  • 1901 December 14 23(597): 845, col. 3. MOMUS. PLAYS AND PLAYERS. [Review of revival of Iolanthe]
The Globe [London]
  • 1877 November ?? Unsigned review of The Sorcerer
  • 1878 May 27 review of H.M.S. Pinafore [liked "Fair Moon"]
  • 1881 October 11 Opening of the Savoy Theatre
  • 1882 November 27 27216: 3, cols. 4-5 Unsigned review of Iolanthe
  • 1884 January 7 1 27651: 6, col. 3 Unsigned review of Princess Ida and note about Sullivan fainting after taking curtain call
  • 1893 October 9 review of Utopia (Limited)
  • 1898 September 23 review of revival of The Sorcerer and Trial by Jury at the Savoy Theatre
The Gloucester Journal
The Guardian
  • 1882 November 27, p.5 review of Iolanthe
Harper's New Monthly Magazine
The Hornet
  • 1877 November 21 Unsigned review of The Sorcerer
Iron
  • 1881 October 14 Opening of the Savoy Theatre
Judy
  • 1882 December 6 Unsigned review of Iolanthe
£ s. d.
  • 1882 December 11 SAVOY. Unsigned review of Iolanthe
Ladies Field
  • 1901 December 21 Review by "C." of revival of Iolanthe
The Lady
  • 1901 December 19 34(879): 1043, cols. 2-3. A. M. L. At the play. [revival of Iolanthe]
Lady's Pictorial
  • 1882 December 9 THE DRAMA. Description of the ladies' costumes, with sketches by Pilotell of Iolanthe, the Queen of the Fairies and Phyllis. Notes that the electric lights worn in the fairies' hair are too dazzling to be effective.
Land and Water
Lett's Independent
  • 1877 November 24 review of The Sorcerer
Life
  • 1882 December 7 IN THE STALLS. Unsigned review of Iolanthe
  • 1883 September 27 300th performance of Iolanthe. Alice Barnett's understudy, Miss Carlingford, was playing the Queen of the Fairies and broke down during the Act I Finale because of a cold. Julia Gwynne continued with "Into Parliament he shall go," but "Oh Foolish fay" was cut
  • 1901 December 21 Unsigned review of revival of Iolanthe
The Liverpool Daily Courier
  • 1879 April 15 review of H.M.S. Pinafore [D'Oyly Carte touring company - Brocolini sang Dick Deadeye before leaving for New York] 
The Liverpool Daily Post
  • 1879 April 15 review of H.M.S. Pinafore [D'Oyly Carte touring company] 
The Liverpool Mercury
  • 1879 April 15 9751: 7, cols. 7-8 PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE unsigned review of H.M.S. Pinafore [D'Oyly Carte touring company] 
Lloyd's Weekly
  • 1877 November 18 Unsigned review of The Sorcerer
  • 1878 May 26 review of H.M.S. Pinafore
  • 1882 November 26 review of Iolanthe
The London Journal
The Manchester Chronicle
  • 1901 December 9 NOTES FROM LONDON. (From Our Own Correspondent.) (BY OUR OWN PRIVATE WIRE.) Iolanthe Redivivus. Unsigned review of revival of Iolanthe at the Savoy
The Manchester Guardian
  • 1882 November 27 11322: 5, col. 4 Review of Iolanthe “From our London correspondent”
  • 1901 December 9 "IOLANTHE" AT THE SAVOY THEATRE.
The Manx Herald
  • 1902 January 1 Unsigned review of amateur production of The Mikado by the Douglas Choral Union
The Montreal Star
  • 1901 December 7 Unsigned review of revival of Iolanthe 
The Morning Advertiser
  • 1878 May 27 review of H.M.S. Pinafore
  • 1882 November 27, 28559: 5 Unsigned review of Iolanthe
  • 1883 September 24 300th performance of Iolanthe
  • 1884 January 7 review of Princess Ida
  • 1898 September 23 review of revival of The Sorcerer and Trial by Jury at the Savoy Theatre
The Morning Post
  • 1878 May 28 Unsigned review of H.M.S. Pinafore
  • 1881 October 10 Article describing the Savoy Theatre
  • 1881 October 11 Opening of the Savoy Theatre
  • 1882 November 27 34453: 5, col. 5 Unsigned review of Iolanthe [mentions "De Belville"]
  • 1898 September 23 review of revival of The Sorcerer and Trial by Jury at the Savoy Theatre
Music and Drama : A Review
Musical Opinion and Music Trade Review
  • 1879 September 1 news item on forthcoming comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan about burglars
  • 1882 November 1 6(62): 68 News item from Boston Herald about Sullivan buying a carpet in Egypt
Neue Zeitschrift für Musik [Leipzig]
  • 1897 January 1 Review of Ivanhoe by Eugen von Pirani
The New York Herald
  • 1879 November 6 Triple Sheet.  GILBERT AND SULLIVAN. The Builders of H.M.S. "Pinafore" Arrive in Town. FIRST MATE CELLIER. How the Famous Frigate Was Build Christened and Launched. FUTURE PLANS AND PROSPECTS.
  • 1882 November 25 16896: 3, cols 1-2 detailed description of plot of Iolanthe
  • 1882 November 26 Sextuple Sheet 16897: 10, cols. 1- 3 reviews of both opening nights of Iolanthe at the Savoy Theatre in London and the Standard Theatre in New York 

The New-York Daily Tribune
  • 1885 August 9 "The story of a stage play" Gilbert's account of writing The Mikado


The New York Tribune

  • 1887 February 20 review of Ruddygore
  • 1901 December 7 Unsigned report of revival of Iolanthe at the Savoy
The News of the World
  • 1882 December 3 2045: 4, col. 1 THE DRAMA. Unsigned review of Iolanthe
  • 1883 September 23 2087: 2, col. 5 [UNSIGNED]. MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC ITEMS. [transcribed in full here] SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN, while staying at Doncaster, has been working at the new opra which he, in conjunction with Mr. W. S. Gilbert, has been writing for the Savoy Theatre, some rehearsals of which have already taken place. There is a hope expressed that Sir Arthur Sullivan's long-promised grand opera, Mary Stuart, may be fashioned in time for the Royal Italian Opera next season. Nous verrons!
  • 1901 December 8 118(3033): 1, col. 3. [UNSIGNED]. LAST NIGHT'S THEATRE. "IOLANTHE" REVIVED AMIDST GREAT ENTHUSIASM.
The Observer
  • 1877 November 18 Unsigned review of The Sorcerer
  • 1878 May 26 review of H.M.S. Pinafore
  • 1882 November 26 4775: 6, cols. 4-5 Unsigned review of Iolanthe
  • 1882 December 24 MUSIC. "IOLANTHE." Unsigned review of the Iolanthe  vocal score
The Outlook
  • 1901 December 14 THE WEEK AT THE PLAY. IOLANTHE Review of revival by "Y. B."
The Paignton and Newton Directory and Torbay Advertiser
  • 1879 December 31 New Series II no. 141 - no. 53: 2, col. 1 Unsigned review of The Pirates of Penzance
The Pall Mall Budget : being a weekly collection of articles printed in the Pall Mall Gazette
  • 1873 January 23 17: 291 review of The Wicked World
  • 1873 March 10 17: 912 review of The Happy Land
  • 1873 March 11 17: 927 The Lord Chamberlain and "The Happy Land"
  • 1882 December 1 29(740): 8 Review of Iolanthe [from Pall Mall Gazette of Nov 28 1882]
  • 1887 January 27 review of Ruddygore
  • 1890 September 11 article on the break-up of the Gilbert and Sullivan partnership 
  • 1893 October 14 review of Utopia (Limited)
The Pall Mall Gazette
  • 1881 October 11 Opening of the Savoy Theatre
  • 1882  November 28 36(5537): 4-5 review of Iolanthe
  • 1883 September 24 38(5789): 5, col. 2. THEATRICAL NOTES. 300th performance of Iolanthe
  • 1883 September 24 38(5789): 6, col. 1 Note on Gilbert & Sullivan's next opera [Princess Ida]
The Penny Illustrated Paper
  • 1881 Jan 1 p. 5 Illustration of the Children's Pinafore [reviewed in the same issue's "The Playgoer" column, but I don't have that reference yet]
The People
  • 1882 November 26 Final edition 59: review of Iolanthe (by "Dorimont"?) I URGENTLY NEED THE REST OF THE  REFERENCE. THE FINAL EDITION IS NOT AVAILABLE ON THE BRITISH LIBRARY'S MICROFILM RUN (they filmed the 3rd edition, which appeared too early to include the review). Please e-mail me if you can help.

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  • 1882 December 3 3rd edition 60: 6, cols. 2-3 review of Iolanthe by "Dorimont" CAN ANYONE CONFIRM WHETHER THIS IS THE SAME REVIEW THAT APPEARED IN THE FINAL EDITION OF NOVEMBER 26?

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  • 1901 December 8 SAVOY THEATRE LAST NIGHT. Unsigned review of revival of Iolanthe
The Philadephia Press
  • 1901 December 22 Unsigned report of speech made by Gilbert at the dress rehearsal of Iolanthe
Piccadilly
  • 1878 May 30 review of H.M.S. Pinafore
The Pilot
  • 1901 December 14 Review by "W. B. S." of revival of Iolanthe
Public Opinion
  • 1877 November ? review of The Sorcerer

The Queen: The Lady's Newspaper
  • 1881 October 15 Unsigned report on opening of Savoy Theatre with Patience
  • 1901 December 14 110(2868): 966 "IOLANTHE" AT THE SAVOY THEATRE. [Illustrations of costumes for Strephon (Henry A. Lytton), Lord Chancellor (Walter Passmore), Earl of Mountararat (W. H. Leon [sic]), Phyllis (Isabel Jay), Earl Tolloller (Robert Evett), Iolanthe (Louie Pounds)]
  • 1901 December 14 110(2868): 997, col. 2 [UNSIGNED]. THE DRAMA. SAVOY THEATRE.
  • 1901 December 21 110(2869): 1042, col. 3 [UNSIGNED]. DRESS IN "IOLANTHE" AT THE SAVOY.
The Referee
  • 1882 November 26 276: 3, col. 4 SAVOY - SATURDAY NIGHT. Unsigned review of Iolanthe
  • 1883 September 23 319: 3, col. 2. [UNSIGNED]. DRAMATIC & MUSICAL GOSSIP. 300th performance of Iolanthe and note on subject of the next opera [Princess Ida]
  • 1901 December 8 "IOLANTHE" AT THE SAVOY. Unsigned review of revival
Reynolds's Newspaper : A Weekly Journal of Politics, History, Literature and General Intelligence
  • 1882 November 26 1685: 8 col. 5 LAST NIGHT'S THEATRICALS. SAVOY THEATRE.Unsigned review of Iolanthe
The Roundabout : a weekly show-up of Every Day, Everybody, and Everything; with a turn at Sport, the Drama, Society, and the World in General!
  • 1882 December 2 30 7 A TURN AT THE SHOWS Unsigned brief review of Iolanthe
  • 1882 December 9 31: 5-6 A TURN AT THE SHOWS Unsigned review of Iolanthe
The Saturday Review of politics, literature, science, and art
  • 1877 December 1 : 683 Unsigned review of The Sorcerer
  • 1878 July 6 Unsigned review of H.M.S. Pinafore [the fact that the performers take their roles seriously makes it funnier]
  • 1882 December 9 54(1415): 764-765 IOLANTHE. Unsigned review
The Sporting Chronicle
  • 1882 November 29 Unsigned review of Iolanthe
The Sporting Life
  • 1881 October ? Unsigned news item on opening of the Savoy Theatre
  • 1884 January 7 review of Princess Ida
  • 1901 December 9 "IOLANTHE" AT THE SAVOY THEATRE.
The Sporting Times
  • 1879 April 19 H.M.S. Pinafore
  • 1881 October 15 Unsigned report on electric lighting problems at the Savoy Theatre
  • 1882 December 2 1002: 2-3 Spoof review of You are Lengthy and review of Iolanthe by "Stalled Ox" [Barrington recited "De Belville" because Sullivan didn't have time to set it to music. Or Barrington may have recited because S. didn't trust him to sing it - B.'s singing was not good on opening night]
  • 1901 December 14 ROUND THE TOWN by THE DWARF OF BLOOD. IOLANTHE
The Sportsman
  • 1877 November 19 Unsigned review of The Sorcerer [says there were 27 musicians in the orchestra]
  • 1882 November 27 4118: 3, cols. 6-7 Unsigned review of Iolanthe  [says FYFW was encored]
  • 1884 January review of Princess Ida
St. James's Budget
  • 1901 December 13 Review by "R. M." of revival of Iolanthe 
St. James's Gazette
  • 1878 September 28 review of H.M.S. Pinafore 
  • 1882 November 27 5(778): 6: unsigned review of Iolanthe [mentions "Fold your flapping wings" and Sullivan's use of accents & musical emphasis in word-setting]
  • 1898 September 23 37(5678): 5 unsigned review of revival of The Sorcerer and Trial by Jury at the Savoy Theatre
The Standard
  • 1877 November 19 Unsigned review of The Sorcerer [says the "Water Music" from Henry VIII was used as overture]
  • 1878 May 27 review of H.M.S. Pinafore
  • 1881 October 11 Opening of the Savoy Theatre
  • 1882  November 27 18209: 3, cols. 6-7 review of Iolanthe
  • 1884 January 7 review of Princess Ida
  • 1901 December 9 "IOLANTHE" AT THE SAVOY.
The Strand Magazine
  • 1891 October 2: 330-341; 367 HOW, Harry. Illustrated Interviews: W. S. Gilbert 
  • 1909 February 37: 139-144. VALENTINE, E. Seton. Sir W. S. Gilbert as an artist
  • 1909 November 38: 604-609. MACINTOSH, Nancy. Sir William Gilbert's lemurs
The Sun
  • 1901 December 9 "IOLANTHE'S" RETURN. Unsigned review of revival at the Savoy
The Sunday Express
The Sunday Sun
  • 1901 December 8 Review by "G. F." of revival of Iolanthe at the Savoy
The Tatler
  • 1902 January 15 29: 114, 115 Photographs of Isabel Jay as Phyllis and Henry Lytton as Strephon in Iolanthe
The Theatre [old series] (do not confuse with The Theatre [new series])
  • 1877 November 21 review of The Sorcerer
  • 1878 May 29 review of H.M.S. Pinafore
Touchstone, or, The New Era
  • 1878 June 1 review of H.M.S. Pinafore
Truth
  • 1882 November 30 12(309):758-759 "BOUFFING" THE PEERS review by "Scrutator" of Iolanthe [mentions Barrington's singing and "Fold your flapping wings"]
  • 1901 December 12 MUSIC. SULLIVAN AND GILBERT AGAIN. Unsigned review of Iolanthe revival. 
The Umpire
  • 1890 February 2 Interview with Richard D'Oyly Carte
Vanity Fair : a weekly show of political, social, and literary wares
The Weekly Dispatch
  • 1877 November review of The Sorcerer
  • 1878 June 2 Unsigned review of H.M.S. Pinafore
  • 1881 October 16 Opening of Savoy Theatre with Patience
  • 1882 December 3 4234: 6, col. 3 THEATRICALS. SAVOY. Unsigned review of Iolanthe. Quotes "De Belville" verse 3 lyrics
  • 1887 January 31 review of Ruddygore
The Weekly Times
  • 1882 November 26 1869: 1, col. 4 review of Iolanthe
  • 1883 September 23 300th performance of Iolanthe
  • 1884 January 7 review of Princess Ida
The West London Express
The Westminster Gazette
  • 1901 December 7 THE REVIVAL OF "IOLANTHE" [unsigned review]
  • 1901 December 9 "IOLANTHE" REVIVED. Review by "E.F.S." of revival at the Savoy [refers to FYFW]
The Western Mail
  • 1901 December 9 "IOLANTHE" REVIVED [unsigned review]
The Yarmouth Independent
  • 1881 October 15 Opening of the Savoy Theatre
The Year's Music
    1897 Review of The Grand Duke

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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