Big Three

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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

1836 to 1911

Sir Arthur Sullivan

1842 to 1900

Richard D'Oyly Carte


Gilbert and Sullivan had their first co-operation with Thespis (The Gods Grown Old) which was staged at the Gaiety Theatre in 1871-2.   It was not until 1875 that they were brought together again by Richard D'Oyly Carte for the performances of Trial by Jury which started on 25th March 1875