1884 Theater

Frances Yue

I remembered that Gilbert and Sullivan wrote their works at the end of the nineteeth century. Although I was unable to find any periodical articles on them, I got a copy of their complete works and a book about them. Theater in the nineteenth century was a very important form of entertainment. Gilbert and Sullivan's plays were wildly popular, and I am confident that Abbott must have heard about them, even if he didn't see any production himself. Like Abbott, Gilbert was a great satirist. Rather than bring in an article, I thought I could bring in a brief summary of both "H.M.S. Pinafore" and "The Pirates of Penzance" which I am familiar with, in addition to a summary of "Princess Ida," published in 1884, which I am in the middle of reading. I thought I could also include some notes about what each play satirized. For instance, "Pinafore" was a satire of nautical dramas of the time and also made fun of the different classes in Britain at the time.