The World of Topsy-Turvy
by Marc Fiddian

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The World of Topsy-Turvy: The Best of Gilbert and Sullivan Trivia by Marc Fiddian
 
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Paperback: 108 pages
Publisher: Raccoon Tail Books (2019)
ISBN: 978-0-6483502-2-4
Trim size: 210 x 148 mm
 
Synopsis   
A BENEFIT performance of Trial by Jury was held at Drury Lane on June 12, 1906. Gilbert himself played the Associate and the jury included the celebrated author of the Sherlock Holmes stories (Sir) Arthur Conan Doyle and Francis Burnand, who had written the lyrics for Cox and Box with (Sir) Arthur Sullivan the composer.
 
ACCORDING to author Andrew Crowther the kidnap and ransom for £25 of Gilbert while visiting Naples with his parents did not occur, at least in the way described.
 
A COMMAND performance of The Gondoliers was given for Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle on March 6, 1891. Queen Victoria was said to have followed the program, tapping a foot with enjoyment at the jaunty reference to ‘A right down regular queen’. Noting some interpolations that were not in the text, the Queen asked Richard D’Oyly Carte why. He said they were gags. She replied she thought gags were “things put by authority into people’s mouths’’. D’Oyly Carte then said: “These gags, your Majesty, are things that people put into their own mouths without authority.’’
   Queen Victoria later wrote in her diary: “The music, which I know and am fond of, is quite charming throughout and was well acted and sung. Afterwards, I spoke to Mr D’Oyly Carte and complimented him. We then went to the drawing room, into which all the company came. Everybody was much pleased.’’
   Later in 1891 a Royal Command performance of The Mikado was held at Balmoral Castle.

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