It might have been a struggle — but we have managed pretty well without it. Views Read Edit View history. Gilbert oversaw the designs of sets and costumes, and he directed the performers on stage. To what group did Sullivan belong? The Savoy Companyan amateur group formed in in Philadelphia, continues to perform today.
During the run of PatienceCarte built the large, modern Savoy Theatrewhich became the partnership's permanent home.
Gilbert and Sullivan's [world], from the first moment was obviously not the audience's world, [it was] an artificial world, with a neatly controlled and shapely precision which has not gone out of fashion — because it was never in fashion in the sense of using the fleeting conventions and ways of thought of contemporary human society Comyns Carr 's King Arthuragain at the Lyceum. The piece was an extravaganza in which the classical Greek gods, grown elderly, are temporarily replaced by a troupe of 19th-century actors and actresses, one of whom is the eponymous Thespisthe Greek father of the drama.
In the comic operas, where many numbers were in verse-plus-refrain form, Sullivan frequently was required to produce two climaxes in the melodic line.