The Variorum Gilbert & Sullivan, Volume I
The Variorum Gilbert & Sullivan, Volume I, is the first of a five-volume critical edition of the Gilbert & Sullivan libretti,
tracing their evolution from the pre-production drafts and the early productions, through revivals,
twentieth-century D'Oyly Carte practice, and the contributions of later editions and editors.
The editors, Marc Shepherd and Michael Walters, have researched hundreds of sources, including Gilbert
and Sullivan's original manuscripts, drafts, license copies, printed libretti, prompt books, vocal scores,
sheet music, and recordings, tracing each opera's textual history in copious detail, from the creative
period through to the present day.
This first volume includes Thespis, Trial by Jury, The Sorcerer, and
H.M.S. Pinafore. See the Variorum page for more details.
Vocal Score of The Grand Duke
Our Critical Edition of The Grand Duke was published in 2009. It has
been used in several productions, including the
at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in August 2009.
Complete Edition and the
are available for purchase from Lulu Press, where you can also download a PDF for free. The Performer’s Edition,
omitting the introduction and appendices, is 115 pages shorter and $3 cheaper. The dialogue and music are identical
in both versions.
An errata list is available here (PDF).