Topsy-Turvy | 1999

Drama, Comedy
A famous pair of playwrights separate and reunite to write their eventual masterpiece.
Director: Mike Leigh
Writers: Mike Leigh
Awards: 2 Oscar wins. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... William Schwenck Gilbert

Actor

... Arthur Sullivan

Actor

... Richard Temple

Actor

... Lucy 'Kitty' Gilbert

Actor

... Richard D'Oyly Carte

Actor

... Helen Lenoir

Actor

... Durward Lely

Actor

... Leonora Braham

Actor

... Jessie Bond

Actor

... George Grossmith

Actor

... Mrs Fanny Ronalds

Actor

... Pianist in Brothel

Actor

Company

AFM Lighting

Production Company

Production Company

Arts Council of England National Lottery

Production Company

British Library

Production Company

CTS Studios

Production Company

Synopsis

William Schwenck Gilbert is the librettist, writing the words. Arthur Sullivan is the composer, writing the music. Gilbert is the very model of a 19th-century British gentleman, an overly proper married man certain that he knows best. For nearly a decade, Gilbert and Sullivan's collaborations have delighted the English people. Their popular comic operas have recouped handsomely for the successful Savoy Theatre... But, in 1884, as a London heat wave cuts into the theater trade, their latest work, "Princess Ida," receives lukewarm press. Sullivan rejects Gilbert's next idea as "topsy-turvy" and unbelievable, and although Gilbert tries to accomodate him, they cannot agree. Mired at a creative impasse, Gilbert and Sullivan can barely converse. Then, Gilbert's wife, Lucy "Kitty" Gilbert, drags him along to a Japanese exhibition--exposure to the very different culture begins inspiration to embark on the production of "The Mikado."

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