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(1999)

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  • After their production "Princess Ida" meets with less-than-stunning reviews, the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan is strained to breaking. Their friends and associates attempt to get the two to work together again, which opens the way to "The Mikado," one of the duo's greatest successes.

    - Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>
  • Although a respectable hit, Gilbert and Sullivan's "Princess Ida" is criticized for being routine. Arthur Sullivan tends to agree, finding he has run out of musical ideas for Gilbert's increasingly predictable stories. He would rather be composing a full opera, an idea that jeopardizes not only the pair's relationship but the future of the stage company that Richard D'Oyly Carte has built around the comic operas. Then Mrs. Gilbert persuades her husband to take her to an exhibition of Japanese life....

    - Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>
  • 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."

    - Written by Kenneth Chisholm

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