The operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan are probably best taken on in infancy – and, in fact, generations of fans have done just that since their incarnation in the late 19th century, thereby becoming an integral part of the Brit and (post) colonial culture alike. Often initially discovered via school and amateur productions, the Savoy operas are either loved or loathed. Of course, back in the 1980s attempts to clue in a younger audience were made by including pop...

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