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Musical Theatre: Gilbert & Sullivan

Resources on Gilbert and Sullivan

Lewis Library has many resources on Gilbert and Sullivan—books, e-books, and recordings, not just CDs but many albums you can listen to online through our NAXOS database.  This guide provides just a sampling; ask the reference librarian if you want anything specific.

Vocal Scores

The following vocal scores are on the upper level of Lewis Library:

  • Trial by Jury (call number M 1503 .S944 T75 1999; another copy M 1503 .S949 T757 1941)
  • H.M.S. Pinafore (M 1503 .S944 H56 2002)
  • Patience (M 1503 .S949 P25 1950)
  • Iolanthe (M 1503 .S944 I57 1950 X)
  • The Mikado (M 1500 .S92 M3 1999 [full score] and M 1503 .S949 M5 1900)
  • Ruddigore (M 1503 .S949 R8 1953)
  • The Yeomen of the Guard (M 1503 .S949 Y4)
  • The Gondoliers (M 1503 .S949 G55)
  • Utopia Limited (M 1503 .S949 U85)
  • The Grand Duke (M 1503 .S944 G75)



Books and E-books

Libretti (scripts)

  • The Complete Annotated Gilbert and Sullivan (ML 49 .S9 A1 1996)
  • The First Night Gilbert and Sullivan (ML 49 .S9 A1 1975)
  • Plays & Poems of W.S. Gilbert (PR 4713 .A1 1932)


Other comic operas, plays and poems by W.S. Gilbert:

  • Plays by W.S. Gilbert (PR 4713 .A4 1982)
  • Gilbert before Sullivan:  Six Comic Plays (ML 49 .G477)
  • The Bab Ballads (PR 4713 .B3 1970)


Biographical and critical

  • Ainger, Michael.  Gilbert and Sullivan:  A Dual Biography (ML 410 .S95 A77 2002; also available as an e-book)
  • Baily, Leslie.  The Gilbert & Sullivan Book (ML 410 .S95 B3 1957)
  • Crowther, Andrew.  Contradiction Contradicted:  The Plays of W.S. Gilbert  (PR 4714 .C76 2000)
  • Crowther, Andrew.  Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan.  (ML 423 .G55 C76 2011)
  • Eden, David, ed.  The Cambridge Companion to Gilbert and Sullivan (ML 410 .S95 C35 2009)
  • Jacobs, Arthur.  Arthur Sullivan:  A Victorian Musician (ML 410 .S95 J28 1984)
  • Pearson, Hesketh.  Gilbert:  His Life and Strife (PR 4714 .P4 1957)
  • Stedman, Jane W.  W.S. Gilbert:  A Classic Victorian and His Theatre (PR 4714 .S744 1996)
  • Sullivan, Herbert.  Sir Arthur Sullivan:  His Life, Letters & Diaries (ML 410 .S95 S95 1950)
  • Sutton, Max Keith.  W.S. Gilbert (PR4714 .S87)




The Dictionary of Literary Biography article on Gilbert (volume 344, 2009) is available here.

You’ll find many online resources on Gilbert and Sullivan in the Gilbert & Sullivan Archive.


Videos and CDs

Streaming video from Films on Demand

DVDs include:

  • Patience (DVD M 1500 .S866 P311 2002)
  • The Mikado (Eric Idle) DVD M 1500 .S95 M55 2005
  • The Gondoliers (DVD M 1500 .S866 G42 2001)
  • Topsy-Turvy (1999 Mike Leigh film) (DVD PN 1997 .T679 1999)



  • Trial by Jury and H.M.S. Pinafore (CD M 1500 .S944 H56 1987)
  • The Pirates of Penzance (CD M 1500 .S944 P55 1990)
  • Patience (CD M 1500 .S944 P21 1992)
  • The Yeomen of the Guard (CD M 1500 .S944 Y63 2004)
  • The Gondoliers (CD M 1500 .S944 G42 2003)


Recordings online (Naxos Music Library)

Lewis Library subscribes to the Naxos Music Library database, which provides many Gilbert & Sullivan recordings; the following is just a partial list.  If the links below don’t work from off campus, access “Naxos Music Library” from the library home page’s “Lewis Library Resources” box.

D'Oyly Carte Opera Company recordings:


Studio recordings conducted by Malcolm Sargent:

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