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William S. Gilbert (1836–1911)

William Schwenck Gilbert was born in London on November 18, 1836, to William Gilbert, a retired naval surgeon, and his wife Anne. The Gilberts would add three younger girls to the brood: Jane, Maud and Florence. His parents were cold and distant, with prickly characters. Stern and unyielding, they did not show affection for their son, who absorbed... See full bio »

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 2011 The Mikado (TV Movie) (libretto)
 2006 The Pirates of Penzance (TV Movie)
 2006 H.M.S. Pinafore (Video) (libretto)
 2006 The Pirates of Penzance (Video) (libretto)
 2006 The Yeomen of the Guard (Video)
 2005 H.M.S. Pinafore (TV Movie) (libretto)
 2005 Trial by Jury (TV Movie) (libretto)
 2005 Ruddigore (Video)
 2005 H.M.S. Pinafore (Video)
 2005 The Sorcerer (Video) (libretto)
 2004 The Ghosts of Ruddigore (Video)
 2004 The Mikado (Video) (libretto)
 2004 The Parson's Pirates (Video) (libretto of the opera)
 2004 Ruddygore (Video)
 2004 The Gondoliers (Video)
 2003 Princess Ida (TV Movie) (libretto)
 2003 H.M.S. Pinafore (Video) (libretto)
 2002 Iolanthe (TV Movie) (libretto)
 2002 The Pirates of Penzance (Video)
 2001 H.M.S. Pinafore (TV Movie) (operetta)
 2001 The Mikado (Video)
 2001 The Mikado (TV Movie) (libretto)
 2001 The Pirates of Penzance (Video) (libretto)
 2000 Highlights from Iolanthe (TV Special) (libretto)
 2000 Trial by Jury (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1999 The Grand Duke (Video) (operetta)
 1998 Gilbert & Sullivan: The Very Models (Short) (libretto)
 1997 H.M.S. Pinafore (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1997 The Gondoliers (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1997 Iolanthe (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1996 The Mikado (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1995 Patience (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1994 The Pirates of Penzance (TV Movie)
 1993 The Pirates of Penzance (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1992 The Mikado (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1990 The Gondoliers (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1987/I The Mikado (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1987 El Mikado (TV Movie) (operetta: The Mikado)
 1987/II The Mikado (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1985 The Pirates of Penzance (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1984 Der Mikado (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1984 Iolanthe (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1984 The Gondoliers (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1984 The Mikado (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1984 The Compleat Gilbert & Sullivan (TV Mini-Series) (operettas)
 1984 Foxy Lady (TV Series) (opera libretto - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.2 (1984) ... (opera libretto)
 1983 The Best of Gilbert and Sullivan (Video documentary) (operettas)
 1983 The Mikado (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1983 The Pirates of Penzance (operetta - as Sir William Schwenck Gilbert)
 1982 H.M.S. Pinafore (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1982 Iolanthe (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1982 Patience (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1982 Princess Ida (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1982 Ruddigore (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1982 The Gondoliers (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1982 The Making of 'The Pirates of Penzance' (Video documentary short) (operetta excerpts)
 1982 The Pirates of Penzance (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1982 The Sorcerer (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1982 The Yeomen of the Guard (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1982 Trial by Jury (TV Short) (libretto)
 1982 Trial by Jury at the Proms (TV Movie)
 1982 The Pirate Movie (operetta The Pirates of Penzance)
 1981/II H.M.S. Pinafore (TV Movie)
 1981/I H.M.S. Pinafore (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1980 Iolanthe (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1980 The Pirates of Penzance (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1979 Pineapple Poll (TV Movie) (after "The Bumboat Woman's Story")
 1978 The Yeomen of the Guard (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1975 The Yeomen of the Guard (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1974 Trial by Jury (TV Movie) (operetta)
  Zenés TV színház (TV Series) (operetta "The Mikado" - 1 episode, 1974) (libretto - 1 episode, 1971)
- A mikádó (1974) ... (operetta "The Mikado")
- Egy esküdtszéki tárgyalás (1971) ... (libretto)
 1973 The Gentlemen of Titipu (TV Movie) (operetta "The Mikado" - as W.S. Gilbert)
 1973 The Mikado (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1973 H.M.S. Pinafore (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1972 H.M.S. Pinafore (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1972 Iolanthe (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1972 Ruddigore (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1972/I The Gondoliers (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1972 The Mikado (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1972 The Pirates of Penzance (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1972 The Yeomen of the Guard (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1972 Trial by Jury (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1972 Was wissen Sie von Titipu? (libretto for "The Mikado")
 1972/II The Gondoliers (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1970 H.M.S. Pinafore (TV Movie) (operetta)
 1968 Die Piraten (TV Movie) (libretto "The Pirates of Penzance")
 1967 De mikado (TV Movie)
 1967 The Mikado (libretto)
 1966 Ruddigore (operetta)
 1965 Patience (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1963 The Cool Mikado (libretto based upon the operetta "The Mikado" by)
 1960 The Bell Telephone Hour (TV Series) (operetta - 1 episode)
- The Mikado (1960) ... (operetta)
 1957 The Yeoman of the Guard (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1955 Max Liebman Presents: Variety (TV Movie) (libretto "H.M.S. Pinafore")
 1954 The Mikado (TV Short)
 1953 Gilbert and Sullivan (operettas)
 1952 The Return of Gilbert & Sullivan (Short) (operettas)
 1950 Nash Airflyte Theatre (TV Series) (operetta - 1 episode)
- Trial by Jury (1950) ... (operetta)
 1939 H.M.S. Pinafore (TV Movie)
 1939 The Pirates of Penzance (TV Movie)
 1939 The Mikado (libretto based upon the opera by - as W.S. Gilbert)
 1938 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (TV Movie) (as W.S. Gilbert)
 1926 The Mikado (Short) (libretto "The Mikado")
 1919 Hope (story - as William Schwenk Gilbert)
 1918 Fan Fan (operetta)
 1913 The Yarn of the 'Nancy Belle' (Short) (story)
 1912 The Yarn of the Nancy Belle (Short) (story - as W.S. Gilbert)
 1907 Highlights from The Yeomen of the Guard (Short) (libretto)
 1907 Highlights from The Mikado (Short) (libretto)
 1906 Highlights from The Mikado (libretto)
 1906 Here's a How-D'Ye-Do (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(2011-2012 Season) Arthur Sullivan and his musical, "The Pirates of Penzance," was performed at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago, Illinois with Kevin Earley and Ross Lehrman in the cast. Dominic Missimi was director. Matt Rafferty was choreographer. Nancy Missimi was costume designer. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 13 Print Biographies | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert | W.S. Gilbert | William Schwenk Gilbert
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Personal Quote:

To resolve the controversy over who wrote Shakespeare's works, simply have Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree read from Shakespeare over the top contenders and the true author will surely turn over in his grave.

Trivia:

Further investigation in the exact cause of WSG's death leads to confusion, not clarity. Andrew Crowther wrote in "The Life of W. S. Gilbert" that Gilbert "was giving swimming lessons to two young women in his lake at Grim's Dyke, when one of the women, getting out of her depth, as she thought, called out for help. Gilbert dived in to help her, but died of heart failure in the middle of the lake.... See more »

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