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Topsy-Turvy -- After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband until they are inspired to do their masterpiece, "The Mikado."

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Mike Leigh (written by)
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Release Date:
14 January 2000 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The egos. The battles. The words. The music. The women. The scandals. See more »
Plot:
After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband until it is inspired to write the masterpiece "The Mikado." Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 23 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
For the Love of the Theatre See more (197 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Allan Corduner ... Sir Arthur Sullivan

Dexter Fletcher ... Louis
Sukie Smith ... Clothilde
Roger Heathcott ... Banton
Wendy Nottingham ... Helen Lenoir
Stefan Bednarczyk ... Frank Cellier
Geoffrey Hutchings ... Armourer

Timothy Spall ... Richard Temple (The Mikado)
Francis Lee ... Butt

William Neenan ... Cook
Adam Searle ... Shrimp

Martin Savage ... George Grossmith (Ko-Ko)

Jim Broadbent ... W. S. Gilbert

Lesley Manville ... Lucy Gilbert
Kate Doherty ... Mrs. Judd
Kenneth Hadley ... Pidgeon
Keeley Gainey ... Maidservant

Ron Cook ... Richard D'Oyly Carte
Eleanor David ... Fanny Ronalds
Gary Yershon ... Pianist in Brothel

Katrin Cartlidge ... Madame

Julia Rayner ... Mademoiselle Fromage
Jenny Pickering ... Second Prostitute

Kevin McKidd ... Durward Lely (Nanki-Poo)

Sam Kelly ... Richard Barker
Charles Simon ... Gilbert's Father
Philippe Constantin ... Paris Waiter
David Neville ... Dentist
Matthew Mills ... Walter Simmonds

Shirley Henderson ... Leonora Braham (Yum-Yum)

Nicholas Woodeson ... Mr. Seymour, Production Manager

Nick Bartlett ... Stage Hand
Gary Dunnington ... Stage Hand

Dorothy Atkinson ... Jessie Bond (Pitti-Sing)
Amanda Crossley ... Emily, Jessie's Maid
Kimi Shaw ... Spinner
Toksan Takahashi ... Calligrapher
Akemi Otani ... Dancer
Kanako Morishita ... Samisen Player
Theresa Watson ... Maude Gilbert
Lavinia Bertram ... Florence Gilbert

Togo Igawa ... First Kabuki Actor
Eiji Kusuhara ... Second Kabuki Actor

Naoko Mori ... Miss 'Sixpence Please'
Eve Pearce ... Gilbert's Mother
Neil Humphries ... Boy Actor
Vincent Franklin ... Rutland Barrington (Pooh-Bah)
Michael Simkins ... Frederick Bovill

Alison Steadman ... Madame Leon
Cathy Sara ... Sybil Grey (Peep-Bo)
Angela Curran ... Miss Morton
Millie Gregory ... Alice

Jonathan Aris ... Wilhelm

Andy Serkis ... John D'Auban
Mia Soteriou ... Mrs. Russell
Louise Gold ... Rosina Brandram (Katisha)
Shaun Glanville ... Mr. Harris
Julian Bleach ... Mr. Plank

Neil Salvage ... Mr. Hurley
Matt Bardock ... Mr. Tripp
Brid Brennan ... Mad Woman (as Bríd Brennan)

Mark Benton ... Mr. Price
Heather Craney ... Miss Russell
Julie Jupp ... Miss Meadows
John Warnaby ... Mr. Sanders
Kacey Ainsworth ... Miss Dorothea Fitzherbert

Ashley Artus ... Mr. Marchmont
Richard Attlee ... Mr. Gordon
Paul Barnhill ... Mr. Flagstone

Nicholas Boulton ... Mr. Conyngham
Lorraine Brunning ... Miss Jardine
Simon Butteriss ... Mr. Lewis
Wayne Cater ... Mr. Rhys
Rosie Cavaliero ... Miss Moore
Michelle Chadwick ... Miss Warren
Debbie Chazen ... Miss Kingsley

Richard Coyle ... Mr. Hammond

Monica Dolan ... Miss Barnes
Sophie Duval ... Miss Brown
Anna Francolini ... Miss Biddles
Teresa Gallagher ... Miss Coleford
Sarah Howe ... Miss Woods

Ashley Jensen ... Miss Tringham

Gemma Page ... Miss Langton-James
Paul Rider ... Mr. Bentley

Mary Roscoe ... Miss Carlyle

Steve Speirs ... Mr. Kent
Nicola Wainwright ... Miss Betts
Angie Wallis ... Miss Wilkinson
Kevin Walton ... Mr. Evans
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tatiana Lavrentieva ... Recital Guest (uncredited)
Lance Patrick ... James (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Leigh 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mike Leigh  written by

Produced by
Simon Channing Williams .... producer
Georgina Lowe .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Dick Pope 
 
Film Editing by
Robin Sales 
 
Casting by
Nina Gold 
 
Production Design by
Eve Stewart 
 
Art Direction by
Helen Scott 
 
Set Decoration by
John Bush 
Eve Stewart 
 
Costume Design by
Lindy Hemming 
 
Makeup Department
Christine Blundell .... hair designer
Christine Blundell .... makeup designer
Kirstin Chalmers .... makeup artist
Dianne Jamieson .... makeup artist
Tony Martin .... hair stylist
Nicola Matthews .... junior makeup artist
Trefor Proud .... makeup artist
Tracey Lee .... hair and make up assistant (uncredited)
Sarah Love .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Leda Shawyer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sarah Weatherburn .... facial hair maker (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Deborah Reade .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nick Heckstall-Smith .... first assistant director
Dan John .... additional third assistant director (as Daniel John)
Josh Robertson .... second assistant director
Paula Spinks .... third assistant director
Hannah Titley .... third assistant director
George Walker .... additional second assistant director
Echo Ward .... fourth assistant director
 
Art Department
Eddie Baker .... stand-by props
Jim Booth .... dressing props
Anthony Burton .... additional carpenter
Richard Cameron .... additional carpenter
Andrea Coathupe .... set dresser
Charles Cottrell .... additional painter
Diane Dancklefsen .... stand-by art director
Steve Deane .... carpenter
Andrew Forrest .... art department assistant
Gary Fox .... stand-by props
Terence Gamble .... additional painter
Andrew Grant .... additional carpenter
Liz Griffiths .... production buyer
Dean Hayward .... additional carpenter
David Hill .... additional carpenter
Derek Honeybun .... painter
Charles Leatherland .... draughtsman
Lisa Lloyd .... set dresser
Wayne Marsh .... additional scenic carpenter
Leon McCarthy .... stand-by carpenter
Adam McCreight .... prop assistant
Tanya Miller .... action graphics
Richard Mills .... property storeman
Barry Moll .... construction manager
Eugenie Neilson .... assistant scenic artist
Steve Oakes .... assistant production buyer
Justin Overhill .... scenic artist
Stephen Pearton .... additional scenic carpenter
Dave Perschky .... carpenter
Tom Read .... property master
Loraine Schneider .... scenic artist
Michael Standish .... production buyer (as Mike Standish)
Ian Taylor .... additional carpenter (as Ian C. Taylor)
Remo Tozzi .... prop assistant
Phil Wheeler .... additional painter
Joe Willmott .... carpenter (as Joseph Willmott)
Sarah Wright .... prop assistant
 
Sound Department
Roy Baker .... foley walker
Howard Bargroff .... sound re-recording mixer
Orin Beaton .... boom operator
Ed Colyer .... foley mixer
Tim Fraser .... sound recordist
Pauline Griffiths .... foley walker
Loveday Harding .... boom operator
Peter Joly .... supervising sound editor
Danny Longhurst .... additional sound editor
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Rose .... assistant sound editor
Alison Ross .... sound assistant
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
William Towers .... additional boom operator
Richard Undrell .... sound assistant
Paul Wrightson .... foley editor
Mike Prestwood Smith .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Bateman .... generator operator
Lucy Bristow .... focus puller
Lucy Bristow .... second camera operator
David Bryant .... second focus puller
Dick Buckley .... electrician (as Richard Buckley)
Frank Cox .... electrician
Martin Duncan .... gaffer
Alan Graham .... electrician
Andrew Jeffery .... digital main titles: Magic Camera
Simon Mein .... still photographer
Kenny Monger .... best boy electric (as Kenneth Monger)
Andy Ormesher .... stand-by rigger
Daniel Pettipher .... digital main titles: Magic Camera (as Dan Pettifer)
Dick Pope .... camera operator
Dan Shoring .... second focus puller
Colin Strachan .... grip
Iain Struthers .... clapper loader
 
Casting Department
Lynn Glaser .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Sasha Robertson .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victoria Clarke .... additional wardrobe assistant
Lee Clayton .... costume cutter
Lee Clayton .... tailor
Jane Clive .... textile assistant
Andrea Cripps .... costume assistant
David Crossman .... wardrobe supervisor
Jacqueline Durran .... second assistant costume designer
Charlotte Finlay .... additional wardrobe assistant
Magot Forster .... dressmaker and cutter
Dan Grace .... additional wardrobe assistant
Nicola Latham .... dressmaker and sewer
Helen Mattocks .... additional wardrobe assistant
Laura May .... costume assistant
Neil Murphy .... additional wardrobe assistant
Michael O'Connor .... assistant costume designer
Adam Roach .... costume assistant
Timothy Shanahan .... costume breakdown (as Tim Shanahan)
Claire Thornton .... dressmaker and sewer
Emma Walker .... textile assistant
Jason Gill .... daily costume assistant (uncredited)
Jenny Hawkins .... daily wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Angela Bailey .... trainee: FT2
Lisa Clifford-Owen .... trainee editor: FT2
Lalit Goyal .... lightworks assistant
Celia Haining .... additional second assistant editor
Mark Neale .... second assistant editor
Clive Noakes .... color timer
Jonathan Sales .... first assistant editor
Victoria Stevens .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Richard Addison .... musician
Andrew Baker .... musician
Ian Balmain .... musician
Clive Bell .... additional musician
Roger Benedict .... musician
Chris Bevan .... musician
Timothy Brown .... musician
Hilary Browning .... musician
Nicholas Bucknall .... musician
Colin Chambers .... musician
Anthony Chidell .... musician
Denise Connell .... music editor
Michael Connell .... supervising music editor
Mark David .... musician
Michael Davis .... orchestra leader
Clive Dobbins .... musician
Jonathan Evans-Jones .... musician
Julian Farrell .... musician
Joseph Frohlich .... orchestra leader
David Fuest .... musician
Martin Gatt .... musician
David Gordon .... musician
David Greenlees .... musician
Michael Hext .... musician
Joji Hirota .... additional musician
Iain King .... musician
Timothy Kipling .... musician
Richard Layton .... musician
Pan Hon Lee .... musician
Tom Martin .... musician
William O'Sullivan .... musician
Stephen Orton .... musician
Anthony Pike .... musician
Matthew Scrivener .... musician
Andrew Shulman .... musician
Andrew Smith .... musician
David Theodore .... musician
John Timperley .... music engineer
Richard Wainwright .... musician
Timothy Walden .... musician
James Warburton .... musician
David White .... musician
David Whitson .... musician
Paul Willey .... orchestra leader
Stephen Williams .... musician
Paul Wing .... music fixer
Gary Yershon .... musical director
 
Transportation Department
Charlie Collins .... unit driver
David Rosenbaum .... unit driver
Brian Scott .... unit driver
Bill Wright .... unit driver
 
Other crew
Richard Ackland .... trainee: FT2
Chris Allies .... title designer
Angela Bailey .... trainee: FT2
Rosie Chambers .... researcher
Sophie Cornet .... trainee: FT2 (as Sophie Cornett)
Graham Easton .... completion bond: Film Finance Services
Katina Ellery .... additional researcher
Scott Horan .... assistant location manager
Ben Howard .... floor runner
Francesca Jaynes .... choreographer
Alexandra Kosevic .... production secretary (as Alex Kosevic)
Harriet Lawrence .... assistant location manager
Neil Lee .... location manager
David Lewisohn .... solicitor: Westaway & Co.
Jo Littlejohn .... trainee: FT2
Paula McBreen .... production coordinator
Justin Miller .... assistant accountant
Julia Rayner .... additional choreographer: brothel scene
Deborah Reade .... assistant to producer
Jonathan Rutter .... publicity: McDonald & Rutter
Roger Sampson .... insurance: AON/Albert G. Ruben
Brian Shemmings .... advisor: health and safety
Andrea Slater .... assistant floor runner
Paula Spinks .... assistant continuity
Chris Stoaling .... trainee: FT2
Heather Storr .... script supervisor
Will Tyler .... production accountant
Michael D. Walsh .... production runner (as Michael Walsh)
Mark Westaway .... solicitor: Westaway & Co.
 
Thanks
Anthony Burgess .... thanks
John Cannon .... thanks
Kevin Chapple .... thanks
Andrew Cobbing .... thanks
Penny Corfield .... thanks
Shani D'Cruze .... thanks
David Eden .... thanks
John Gardner .... thanks
Andrew Goodman .... thanks
Judith Hatton .... thanks
David Russell Hulme .... thanks
Brian Jones .... thanks
George J. Low .... thanks
Peter Mulloy .... thanks
Philip Plumb .... thanks
Terence Rees .... thanks
Marc Shepherd .... thanks
Jesse Shereff .... thanks
Jane W. Stedman .... thanks
Melvyn Tarran .... thanks
Selwyn Tillett .... thanks
Stephen J. Turnbull .... thanks (as Stephen Turnbull)
Michael Walters .... thanks
Toshio Watanabe .... thanks
David Wilmore .... thanks
Fredric Woodbridge Wilson .... thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for a scene of risque nudity
Runtime:
160 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta) | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:o.Al. | Hong Kong:IIA | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:M | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:11 (video rating) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Andy Serkis learned to play the violin for a scene which didn't make it to the final cut.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Gilbert enters the night's take for Princess Ida in his ledger, the date can be seen to be listed as Monday, 10 June, 1884. That date actually occurred on a Tuesday in that year.See more »
Quotes:
Gilbert's Father:A father should not have to seek permission to visit his own son!
Gilbert:The son shouldn't be expected to be clairvoyant.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
This Helmet, I SupposeSee more »

FAQ

Was Gilbert really that distant and cold with his wife?
What was wrong with Jessie Bond's leg?
What was the repeated word Sullivan offered as final advice to the cast?
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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
For the Love of the Theatre, 19 March 2000
Author: Tallgent (p_harrin99@hotmail.com) from San Jose, CA

George Martin once talked about he and John Lennon once having a drink in a British pub. One of the regulars went over to the jukebox and selected "Yesterday." Lennon sighed, turned to Martin and said, "Don't suppose anyone's going to put in 'I am the Walrus?'" Martin went on to suggest that as frustrated as Lennon was of Paul McCartney's "Granny Music," he also couldn't deny McCartney's talent and the ease with which he came up with unforgettable melodies.

One senses the same kind of rivalry between Arthur Sullivan and William Gilbert in Mike Leigh's "Topsy-Turvy." Gilbert and Sullivan were both famous for their hilarious musical comedies in the mid to late 1880s, especially their early hits "H.M.S. Pinafore" and "The Pirates of Penzance." But the film takes place later in their career and things are not boding well for the duo. Sullivan (Alan Corduner) is growing increasingly frustrated with his collaborations with Gilbert, because he feels he is not growing as a composer. "I'm growing tired of these soufflés with Gilbert and his topsy-turvvydom."

Gilbert (Jim Broadbent) is feeling the crunch himself. His latest production with Sullivan has resulted in questions concerning Gilbert's creative spark, as in whether he has one. If that isn't enough, the Savoy Theatre tells the frustrated Sullivan that he and Gilbert are contractually obligated to one more show. Gilbert presents Sullivan with an idea. Sullivan responds that the idea sounds like a remake of an earlier play.

Then inspiration comes from the most unlikely of places. A Japanese Exhibit is being held in London and Gilbert's wife, Kitty (Lesley Manville) forces him to accompany her. Reluctantly Gilbert goes and, reenergized, he picks up a souvenir Samurai sword. He meets with Sullivan again and tells him his idea: "The Mikado." Thus is born Gilbert and Sullivan's last hit play.

The next half of the film deals with the backstage politics and adventures that go with putting on a production. It is here where "Topsy-Turvy" goes into full gear and really begins to shine. Broadbent and Corduner also shine in their respective roles, as well. And it is here where I really paid attention to Leigh's characterizations. The two never had a very friendly relationship and Sullivan was openly bored with Gilbert's silly plays. I always took it for Gilbert being a really witty and good-humored man, and Sullivan being a snob. But Leigh has Sullivan as a fun-loving hedonist and Gilbert being unpersonable and sarcastic. He uses humor as a weapon. The film forced me to look at the two of them in a new light, and more importantly, I bought it.

But Leigh's real achievement is in presenting his supporting cast as three-dimensional characters. There's Richard Temple (Timothy Spall) who plays the Mikado and suffers near-betrayal at the hands of his mentor, Gilbert. Actresses Jessie Bond (Dorothy Atkinson) and Lenora Braham (Shirley Henderson) personify the reluctant acceptance of wearing a kimono with no corset. Leigh brings the same care to this period drama as he has done for his smaller ensemble pieces.

And care is what "Topsy-Turvy" is all about. As much as Sullivan may frown at Gilbert's wit, he still wants to create the best possible product he can. There's a great scene where Gilbert is explaining "The Mikado" to Sullivan and Sullivan is truly enjoying the story. He's got such a look of glee on his face throughout the scene. Corduner does a great job of contrasting his Sullivan with Broadbent's Gilbert, especially in his scenes with the orchestra as he patiently explains the score with his players.

Broadbent, on the other hand, is an absolute joy as Gilbert. Gilbert may not be a likable character, but he knows what he wants and he is good at what he does. He may be short with everyone and unbending, but he gets results.

Leigh shows a clear love for the theatre here, and the details are amazing all the way from the theatre set to the costumes, nothing is out of place. He also keeps the action moving in the film which totals almost three hours but never feels like it. That's very hard to do.

To be honest, I thought Leigh was jumping on the "Shakespeare in Love" bandwagon, but the films couldn't be more different. "Shakespeare in Love" celebrates love burgeoning creativity. "Topsy-Turvy" deals with the love of creativity itself and shows how people of different temperaments and tastes can still get together and produce greatness.

Topsy-Turvy ****



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