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George Grossmith, as illustrated in The Idler magazine, 1897
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George Grossmith (December 9, 1847 - March 1, 1912) was an English actor and comic writer, best remembered for his work with Gilbert & Sullivan. Download high resolution version (1135x1726, 385 KB)George Grossmith - English comic and actor - Project Gutenberg eBook #12223 This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Download high resolution version (1135x1726, 385 KB)George Grossmith - English comic and actor - Project Gutenberg eBook #12223 This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Jump to: navigation, search December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1847 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... 1912 was a leap year starting on Monday. ... Jump to: navigation, search Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population - Total (mid-2004) - Density Ranked 1st UK... Jump to: navigation, search Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Playwright/lyricist William S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and composer Arthur S. Sullivan (1842-1900) defined operetta in Victorian England with a series of their internationally successful and timeless works. ...


George Grossmith was born in London, the son of a lecturer of the same name. After working some time as a legal reporter and a journalist with no great success, Grossmith took to the stage in 1870. He soon became well known in London as a comedian. He was noted for his ability to get laughs, often improvising comic business in roles—although he sometimes tended to do this too often, even at the expense of portions of productions that were supposed to be serious, and the main criticism often directed at Grossmith was that he seemed unable to content himself with playing any scene straight. Jump to: navigation, search The clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, which contains Big Ben London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... Jump to: navigation, search A journalist is a person who practices journalism, the gathering and dissemination of information about current events, trends, issues and people. ... 1870 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... A comedian (also comedienne, female) is a person who attempts to make people laugh through a variety of methods, normally through joke telling, or a stream of funny banter. ...


George Grossmith became a regular member of Richard D'Oyly Carte's Savoy Theatre company, and created most of the lead comic light baritone roles in Gilbert & Sullivan's famous operettas. He also toured with the D'Oyly Carte Company around Great Britain and the United States of America. The actor is depicted both on and off stage in the acclaimed film, Topsy Turvy. Richard DOyly Carte (May 3, 1844 – April 3, 1901) was a London theatrical impresario during the latter half of the nineteenth century. ... Savoy Theatre London, December 2003 The Savoy Theatre, which opened on 10 October 1881, was built by Richard DOyly Carte (1844 - 1901) on the site of the old Savoy Palace in London as a showcase for the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, which became known as the Savoy Operas... Jump to: navigation, search This is an article on the voice type. ... Operetta (literally, little opera) is a performance art-form similar to opera, though it generally deals with less serious topics. ... Topsy-Turvy is a 1999 film which tells the background story of the creation of The Mikado, a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. ...


Grossmith first retired from the stage in 1891, returned from 1894 to 1897, and made two more short stage appearances before his final retirement in 1900. Jump to: navigation, search 1891 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1894 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1897 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1900 is a common year starting on Monday. ...


His son, also named George, continued the family tradition, being the first to introduce cabaret into Britain and also appearing in the original production of No, No, Nanette in 1925. Jump to: navigation, search Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue - a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting around the tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1925 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...


George Grossmith wrote numerous humourous pieces for the magazine Punch, as well as three books, The Reminiscences of a Society Clown (1888), Diary of a Nobody (featuring illustrations from his brother Weedon Grossmith, 1892), and Piano & I (1910). Punch was a British weekly magazine of humour and satire published from 1841 to 1992 and from 1996 to 2002. ... Diary of a Nobody, an English comic novel written by the brothers George and Weedon Grossmith, first appeared in the magazine Punch in 1892. ... Weedon Grossmith (1852–1919) was an English writer, co-author of Diary of a Nobody with his brother, comedian George Grossmith. ...


George Grossmith died in Folkestone, Kent. Folkestone is a coastal resort town in the Shepway district of Kent, England. ...


External links

  • George Grossmith at D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Who Was Who
  • George Grossmith on Pinafore site

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GEORGE GROSSMITH (800 words)
George Grossmith, one of the most famous of all Savoyards, was born on 9th December, 1847.
Grossmith was very fond of "Princess Ida", and there is certainly much to be said for his opinion that this opera had the finest music of all.
It is a further point of interest that whereas Grossmith, the established clown, deliberately played the ending of this opera with Jack Point swooning, as per libretto, Henry Lytton and George Thorne, in the provinces, played it as a tragedy.
George Grossmith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (273 words)
George Grossmith was born in London, the son of a lecturer of the same name.
Grossmith first retired from the stage in 1891, returned from 1894 to 1897, and made two more short stage appearances before his final retirement in 1900.
George Grossmith wrote numerous humourous pieces for the magazine Punch, as well as three books, The Reminiscences of a Society Clown (1888), Diary of a Nobody (featuring illustrations from his brother Weedon Grossmith, 1892), and Piano and I (1910).
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