Topsy Turvy 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 accommodate 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."

Rated for a scene of risque nudity

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Alison Steadman
Alison Steadman

Madame Leon

Allan Corduner
Allan Corduner

Sir Arthur Sullivan

Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis

John D'Auban

Ashley Jensen
Ashley Jensen

Miss Tringham

Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent

W. S. Gilbert