William S. Gilbert

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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (18 November 1836 – 29 May 1911) was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the fourteen comic operas (known as the Savoy operas) produced in collaboration with the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan. The most famous of these include H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and one of the most frequently performed works in the history of musical theatre, The Mikado. These, as well as several of the other Savoy operas, continue to be frequently performed in the English-speaking world and beyond by opera companies, repertory companies, schools and community theatre groups. Lines from these works have become part of the English language, such as "short, sharp shock", "What, never? Well, hardly ever!", and "Let the punishment fit the crime".

Age: 74 (age at death)
Died: 29 May, 1911, Place of Death
Height: Height unknown
Nationality: British
Claim to Fame: One line executive summary


17 Credits »
1992 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle librettist: songs from "The Pirates of Penzance" and "H.M.S. Pinafore"
1975 Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done original lyrics
1965 The Big Job librettist: "The Pirates of Penzance"
1946 Girl on the Spot librettist: "The Pirates of Penzance"
1987 The Mikado operetta
1983 The Mikado operetta
1982 The Pirates of Penzance operetta
1982 H.M.S. Pinafore operetta
1982 Trial by Jury libretto
1954 The Mikado -
1953 Gilbert and Sullivan operettas



If you wish in this world to advance your merits you`re bound to enhance; you must stir it and stump it, and blow your own trumpet, or, trust me, you haven`t a chance.


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