D'Oyly Carte: Through the Lens is a beautiful book of photographs of the world-renowned D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, most of which have never previously been seen. The iconic company, which presented the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan around the world from 1875 to 2003, presented the universally popular Savoy Operas for forty-eight weeks every year, with as many as eight shows in its repertoire, until the cost of transporting so many productions became unsustainable. Interest in the company and its performers remains keen to this day, as witnessed by the success of the two books written about it by Roberta Morrell. This time, Roberta is joined by co-author, David Steadman, himself an expert on the company and one of its latter Principal Conductors, in bringing to G&S lovers this unprecedented insight into life 'on the road' at home and abroad. There has been nothing like it before.
Travel by rail, sea, air and road; dressing room camaraderie; backstage antics; the work of those behind the scenes; royal performances; the company at play: all are vividly brought to the reader in pictures which informally capture the spirit of a unique, much lamented opera company. This is a book full of nostalgia, featuring personal photos provided by company performers. Hugely entertaining, it is not only a snapshot of the D’Oyly Carte but also a glimpse of theatre life going back to the 1920’s.
It is not to be missed!
Roberta and David have produced a picture book to be enjoyed time and time again. Their in-depth knowledge of the D'Oyly Carte and its stars has given them the opportunity to perpetuate the company name and its importance to British theatre life. It is presented with love for their former colleagues and passion for a theatrical institution unlike any other. A must for any lover of Gilbert and Sullivan, it will also fascinate anyone with an interest in the stage.