Poster

Topsy-Turvy ()


Reference View | Change View


Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all... See more »

Director:
Writer:
Awards:
  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 28 nominations.
  • See more »
Reviews:

Photos and Videos

Cast verified as complete

Edit
...
Arthur Sullivan
...
Louis
Sukie Smith ...
Clothilde
Roger Heathcott ...
Stage Doorkeeper
Wendy Nottingham ...
Helen Lenoir
Stefan Bednarczyk ...
Frank Cellier
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
Armourer
...
Richard Temple
...
Butt
...
Cook
Adam Searle ...
Shrimp
Martin Savage ...
George Grossmith
...
William Schwenck Gilbert
...
Lucy Gilbert (Kitty)
Kate Doherty ...
Mrs. Judd
...
Pidgeon
...
Maidservant
...
Richard D'Oyly Carte
...
Fanny Ronalds
Gary Yershon ...
Pianist in Brothel
...
Madame
...
Mademoiselle Fromage
Jenny Pickering ...
Second Prostitute
...
Durward Lely
...
Richard Barker
Charles Simon ...
Gilbert's Father
Philippe Constantin ...
Paris Waiter
David Neville ...
Dentist
Matthew Mills ...
Walter Simmonds
...
Leonora Braham
...
Mr. Seymour
...
Stage Hands
Gary Dunnington ...
Fred Baker
...
Jessie Bond
Amanda Crossley ...
Emily
Kimi Shaw ...
Spinner
Toksan Takahashi ...
Calligrapher
Akemi Otani ...
Dancer
Kanako Morishita ...
Shamisen Player
Theresa Watson ...
Maude Gilbert
...
Florence Gilbert
...
First Kabuki Actor
...
Second Kabuki Actor
...
Miss 'Sixpence Please'
Eve Pearce ...
Gilbert's Mother
Neil Humphries ...
Boy Actor
...
Rutland Barrington
...
Frederick Bovill
...
Madame Leon
...
Sybil Grey
Angela Curran ...
Miss Morton
Millie Gregory ...
Alice
...
Wilhelm
...
John D'Auban
...
Mrs. Russell
Louise Gold ...
Rosina Brandram
Shaun Glanville ...
Mr. Harris
...
Mr. Plank
...
Mr. Hurley
Matt Bardock ...
Mr. Tripp
...
Mad Woman (as Bríd Brennan)
...
Mr. Price
...
Miss Russell
Julie Jupp ...
Miss Meadows
John Warnaby ...
Mr. Sanders
...
Miss Fitzherbert
...
Mr. Marchmont
...
Mr. Gordon
Paul Barnhill ...
Mr. Flagstone
...
Mr. Conyngham
Lorraine Brunning ...
Miss Jardine
Simon Butteriss ...
Mr. Lewis
Wayne Cater ...
Mr. Rhys
...
Miss Moore
Michelle Chadwick ...
Miss Warren
...
Miss Kingsley
...
Mr. Hammond
...
Miss Barnes
Sophie Duval ...
Miss Brown
Anna Francolini ...
Miss Biddles
...
Miss Coleford
Sarah Howe ...
Miss Woods
...
Miss Tringham
...
Miss Langton-James
Paul Rider ...
Mr. Bentley
...
Miss Carlyle
...
Mr. Kent (as Steven Speirs)
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)
Victor Sobchak ...
Recital Guest (uncredited)

Directed by

Edit
Mike Leigh

Written by

Edit
Mike Leigh ... (written by)

Produced by

Edit
Simon Channing Williams ... producer
Georgina Lowe ... associate producer

Cinematography by

Edit
Dick Pope

Film Editing by

Edit
Robin Sales

Editorial Department

Edit
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

Casting By

Edit
Nina Gold

Production Design by

Edit
Eve Stewart

Art Direction by

Edit
Helen Scott

Set Decoration by

Edit
John Bush
Eve Stewart

Costume Design by

Edit
Lindy Hemming

Makeup Department

Edit
Christine Blundell ... hair designer / 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

Edit
Deborah Reade ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Edit
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

Edit
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
Charlotte Leatherland ... draughtsman (as Charles Leatherland)
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
Gill Andrae-Reid ... portrait artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

Edit
Roy Baker ... foley walker
Howard Bargroff ... 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 ... 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
Marconi de Morais ... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Mike Prestwood Smith ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Edit
Ray Bateman ... generator operator
Lucy Bristow ... focus puller / 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
Lewis Buchan ... first assistant camera: dailies (uncredited)

Casting Department

Edit
Lynn Glaser ... casting assistant (uncredited)
Sasha Robertson ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Edit
Victoria Clarke ... additional wardrobe assistant
Lee Clayton ... costume cutter / 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
Laura May ... costume assistant
Neil Murphy ... additional wardrobe assistant
Michael O'Connor ... assistant costume designer
Helen O'Donnell ... additional wardrobe assistant (as Helen Mattocks)
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)

Location Management

Edit
Scott Horan ... assistant location manager
Harriet Lawrence ... assistant location manager
Neil Lee ... location manager

Music Department

Edit
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
Chris Cozens ... auricle control systems
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

Edit
Charlie Collins ... unit driver
David Rosenbaum ... unit driver
Brian Scott ... unit driver
Bill Wright ... unit driver

Other crew

Edit
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
Ben Howard ... floor runner
Francesca Jaynes ... choreographer
Alexandra Kosevic ... production secretary (as Alex Kosevic)
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

Edit
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

Production Companies

Edit

Distributors

Edit

Special Effects

Edit
  • FBFX (Samurai Helmets)

Other Companies

Edit

Storyline

Edit
Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines The egos. The battles. The words. The music. The women. The scandals. See more »
Genres
Parents Guide View content advisory »
Certification

Additional Details

Edit
Also Known As
  • Mike Leigh Untitled (United States)
  • Topsy-Turvy - Auf den Kopf gestellt (Germany)
  • Topsy turvy (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Η Παράσταση μιας Ζωής (Greece)
  • I parastasi mias zois (Greece)
  • See more »
Runtime
  • 154 min
Country
Language
Color
Aspect Ratio
Sound Mix
Filming Locations

Box Office

Budget GBP10,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP139,700, 20 Feb 2000

Did You Know?

Edit
Trivia As Sir Arthur Sullivan and his mistress Fanny Ronalds casually discuss aborting their baby, the incidental music is a passage from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe." The lyric which goes with the music is, "Plead for my boy. He dies." See more »
Goofs This well known quote from the film is a factual mistake: "If you wish to write a Grand Opera about a prostitute, dying of consumption in a garret, I suggest you contact Mr Ibsen in Oslo. I am sure he will be able to furnish you with something suitably dull". The city of Oslo got the name in 1925 - a long time after Ibsen's death in 1906. During Ibsen's lifetime, the capital of Norway was called Kristiania. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Magnolia/Stuart Little/Anna and the King/Bicentennial Man/Topsy-Turvy (1999). See more »
Soundtracks If You Give Me Your Attention See more »
Quotes Helen Lenoir: The more I see of men, the more I admire dogs.
See more »

Contribute to This Page


Recently Viewed