Ever wonder what made Gilbert and Sullivan such a great musical partnership? Come and listen to expert Bernard Lockett.  He will reveal why their comic operas remain so popular 150 years on.  Viewers will hear about key social and political factors influencing many of their works.  Paisley & District U3A’s online meeting starts at 2pm on Thursday 1 April with time for questions and a friendly catch up. 


U3A chair, Kathy O’Donnell remarked: “Gilbert and Sullivan shows were the forerunners of musical theatre today.  Their catchy tunes and lyrics continue to attract new fans in every generation.  Yet, if you look closely, their works remain a product of their time.  Bernard Lockett will reveal how the highs and lows of 19thcentury life and society formed the backdrop for many of their light operas.  It promises to be an entertaining look at Gilbert and Sullivan’s heritage for popular culture then, and in our world today.”  


Author and lecturer Bernard Lockett said: “I am a life-long Gilbert and Sullivan (G&S) enthusiast.  My grandmother was taken to see their original production of “Utopia Limited” in 1893!  G&S is as popular today throughout the world because it is musical theatre at its very best, plus Gilbert’s wry comments on issues are just as valid today.”


For an extra bit of fun, attendees can wear a bonnet to this musical-themed meeting.  There’s also an Easter lucky dip too.  For details of this free live talk, and to preview clips of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, visit: https://u3asites.org.uk/paisley/welcome


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