Series 02 - Scripts and librettos

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US MBE MSS 001-02

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Scripts and librettos


  • 1871 - 1955 (Creation)


1.25 linear feet; 2 boxes

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This series contains scripts and librettos for Gilbert and Sullivan productions. Some scripts also contain the musical arrangements for the operas. A number of the librettos were published as “souvenir” librettos and contain photographs or drawings of characters or actors in the opera. Some scripts were working copies and contain handwritten notes on set decoration, costumes, delivery, and blocking. Most operas have several different editions of the script, and there are some incomplete copies. This series also includes a script for a 1946 radio performance of H.M.S Pinafore. The series also contains a number of scripts for Gilbert’s plays written without Sullivan, including the “Bab Ballads”.

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This series is arranged alphabetically by production.

Box 3: Scripts, librettos, and souvenirs
Folder Title
Bab Ballads
Box and Cox
The Gondoliers
H.M.S. Pinafore
The Mikado
Multiple operas
The Pirates of Penzance
The Sorcerer
Trial by Jury
W.S. Gilbert Productions
The Yeomen of the Guard

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Some materials may be subject to copyright. No part of the materials protected by copyright may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the copyright holder. Researchers are required to seek permission from the copyright holder to reproduce and/or publish materials under copyright.

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Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [Container number], Sigmund A. Lavine Gilbert and Sullivan Collection, Emerson College Archives, Emerson College, Boston, MA.

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