Gilbert apparently got the idea for "The Gondoliers" from a book on Venice in the 15th century which made much of the country's strong republicanism.Gilbert saw that a satire on republicanism ideas would have an appeal to a contempary audience (an 1889 one that is).At the time more than 50 Republican Clubs had been established in the previous 20 years. Ant-monarchy and pro-egalitarian principles were being vociferously championed.
The Gondoliers is musically pan-European with music borrowed from France - the stately gavotte; from Spain - the Andalusian cachucha; from Italy - the saltarello and the tarantella; and from Venice itself - the Venetian barcarolle.
Producer/Director : David Fletcher
Musical Director : David Wilkinson
|Duke of Plaza Toro: |
(a Grandee of Spain)
|Don Alhambra Del Bolero:|
(the Grand Inquisitor)
|Marco Palmieri:||Jim Cooper|
|Giuseppe Palmieri:||David Atkinson|
|Duchess of Plaza Toro:||Margaret Lister|
(the King’s Foster-Mother)