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 accomodate 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."
Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Ron Cook, Wendy Nottingham, Kevin McKidd, Shirley Henderson, Dorothy Atkinson, Martin Savage, Eleanor David, Gary Yershon, Dexter Fletcher, Sukie Smith, Roger Heathcott, Stefan Bednarczyk, Geoffrey Hutchings, Francis Lee, William Neenan, Adam Searle, Kate Doherty, Kenneth Hadley, Keeley Gainey, Katrin Cartlidge, Julia Rayner, Jenny Pickering, Charles Simon, Philippe Constantin, David Neville, Matthew Mills, Nicholas Woodeson, Nick Bartlett, Akemi Otani, Theresa Watson, Lavinia Bertram, Togo Igawa, Eiji Kusuhara, Naoko Mori, Eve Pearce, Vincent Franklin, Alison Steadman, Cathy Sara, Angela Curran, Jonathan Aris, Andy Serkis, Mia Soteriou, Louise Gold, Julian Bleach, Matt Bardock, Brid Brennan, Mark Benton, Heather Craney, Julie Jupp, John Warnaby, Ashley Artus, Richard Attlee, Nicholas Boulton, Lorraine Brunning, Rosie Cavaliero, Michelle Chadwick, Richard Coyle, Monica Dolan, Anna Francolini, Teresa Gallagher, Ashley Jensen, Paul Rider, Steven Speirs, Angie Wallis, Sam Kelly