Gilbert and Sullivan (Series) (1968)

This six part half-hour musical show from Vancouver was neither a documentary portrait of Gilbert and Sullivan, nor a series of abridged versions of their operettas collapsed into thirty minute time slots. It did present highlights from the Victorian stage shows in a studio setting, with a loose connective thread to tie the numbers together. Sam Payne played a character who regretted the passing of the Victorian age, and imagined the different settings and situations represented in the Gilbert and Sullivan plays. The first show, for example, set Payne in a wax museum-like setting in which the statues came to life and performed numbers from The Yeomen of the Guard, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and other operettas for him. Guests on this show included Edward Greenhalgh, Judith Forst, Harry Mossfield, and Clifford Cox.

Sam Payne .... Host/Narrator

Original Broadcaster(s): CBC

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