A Special Day Out in Gilbert and Sullivan’s London
This London excursion provides a unique backdrop to the life and times of Victorian England’s most astonishing musical Partnership. On the 179th anniversary of W S Gilbert`s birth you will see the place where he was born, where he studied law and where ‘G and S`s first operas were performed before the Savoy Theatre was built. Richard D`oyly Carte will also enter the scene: you will learn about his achievements and walk past the places where he lived and worked. More importantly we will pay a bit of homage to each by observing the statues and sculptures where they are each commemorated for posterity.
In the process you will get a full taste of Gilbert and Sullivan`s London, bits of which found their way into their operas. We will appreciate some of the fantastic buildings erected in their lifetimes, now refurbished and preserved. We will also visit some of the places mentioned in the operas, for example Seven Dials and see how lowly the air is there now.
We will have lunch around the area and then take the fast train plus taxi to Grim`s Dyke, Gilbert’s former home. We will see the rooms where he wrote some of his final operas, and go to the place where he died rescuing two local young women in that infamous pond.
Your guide for the day will be Hugh Dennis, a London Guide and lecturer and a Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiast. He started early: he sang in ‘Utopia Limited’ aged 16! So the day will be punctuated with various ‘G and S’ musical snatches, with which you can join in or not as you please!
Cost is £60 per person, £50 per person for groups of over 15. This includes all travel within London, and food for the whole day.
Hugh will meet you at your local London railway terminus. From there we will take a London double Decker bus to do the guided walk and then get a train plus a bus or taxi to Grim`s Dyke and back.
The date for the next day out will be clarified once the current pandemic emergency has passed