W. S. Gilbert

Coffee Break Collection 001 - Humor


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This is a collection of short (15 minute or less readings) stories suitable for a coffee break at work or a short commuter ride. Emphasis f…

The Pirates of Penzance


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The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. Th…

Coffee Break Collection 005 - Love and Relationships


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This is a collection of 20 short works (between 3 and 15 minutes long) that are great for work/study breaks, commutes, workouts, or any time…

Short Story Collection Vol. 010


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LibriVox’s Short Story Collection 010: a collection of 10 short works of fiction in the public domain read by a variety of LibriVox members.

The Story of H.M.S. Pinafore


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H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and a libretto by W. S. Gilbe…

The Pirates Of Penzance; Or The Slave Of Duty (Version 2)


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In this recording, one person reads the entire play, all parts, including the stage directions. Even without the support of Arthur Sullivan’…

The Bab Ballads


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The Bab Ballads are a collection of light verse by W. S. Gilbert, illustrated with his own comic drawings. Gilbert wrote the Ballads before …

The Story of the Mikado


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The Mikado is the ninth of the 14 Gilbert and Sullivan musical collaborations. It opened in 1885, had the second longest run for any work of…

The Mikado, Or The Town Of Titipu


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In this recording, one person reads the entire play, all parts, including the stage directions. Even without the support of Arthur Sullivan…

The Ghosts' High Noon


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LibriVox volunteers bring you 19 recordings of The Ghosts' High Noon by W. S. Gilbert. This was the Weekly Poetry HALLOWE'EN project for Oct…

More Bab Ballads


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This is a subset of the second collection of Gilbert’s “Bab Ballads” – light verses poking fun at the life and people of his time in Gilbert…

Short Poetry Collection 168


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This is a collection of 40 poems read by LibriVox volunteers for May 2017.

H.M.S. Pinafore; Or, The Lass That Loved A Sailor


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In this recording, one person reads the entire play, all parts, including the stage directions. Even without the support of Arthur Sullivan…

The Mikado, Or The Town of Titipu (version 2)


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In the town of Titipu, flirting is punishable by death on the command of the Mikado himself! But what happens when the Lord High Executioner…

Short Poetry Collection 012


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LibriVox’s Short Poetry Collection 012: a collection of 20 public-domain poems.

The Disagreeable Man


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LibriVox volunteers bring you 26 recordings of The Disagreeable Man by Sir W. S. Gilbert. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for June 1…

Etiquette


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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the fourteen comic operas (known as t…

The Bab Ballads (version 2)


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The Bab Ballads are a collection of light verse by W. S. Gilbert, illustrated with his own comic drawings. Gilbert wrote the Ballads before …

Short Poetry Collection 166


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This is a collection of 36 poems read by LibriVox volunteers for March 2017.

Short Poetry Collection 064


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LibriVox's Short Poetry Collection 064: a collection of 20 public-domain poems, chosen and read by Librivox volunteers.

Iolanthe


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Iolanthe is a fairy banished from fairyland for the crime of marrying a mortal. Her half-fairy, half-human son Strephon is a fairy down to t…

Sweethearts


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Sweethearts is a comic play billed as a "dramatic contrast" in two acts by W. S. Gilbert. The play tells a sentimental and ironic …

Love Stories Volume 1


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Here are 20 love stories under an hour each, covering all kinds of experiences involving romantic or other kinds of love resulting in heartb…

The Gondoliers


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In typical Gilbert and Sullivan "Topsy Turvy" style, the King of Barataria has gone missing! He was stolen as a baby and raised in…

Short Poetry Collection 084


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This is an open collection of poems for the months of November and December 2009.

Short Poetry Collection 038


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LibriVox’s Short Poetry Collection 038: a collection of 20 public-domain poems.

O Hollow Hollow Hollow


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LibriVox volunteers bring you 17 recordings of O Hollow Hollow Hollow by W.S. Gilbert. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 8, 201…

Patience (Bunthorne's Bride)


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A comic operetta which is a satire on the themes of fashion and pretension and hero-worship. Bunthorne is a poet who pretends to be highly &…

Short Poetry Collection 068


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LibriVox's Short Poetry Collection 068: a collection of 20 public-domain poems, chosen and read by Librivox volunteers.

The Pinafore Picture Book: The Story Of H.M.S. Pinafore (Version 2)


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Pinafore’s sublimely silly story is made even sillier by this (ostensibly for children) 1908 story version of the 1878 Gilbert and Sullivan …

One-Act Play Collection 012


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Here are 10 One Act Plays for your enjoyment. They range from a 1659 farce by Moliere to a 1896 play by Fuller with early LGBT content; a Gi…

Poetry Everywhere


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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the fourteen comic operas (known as t…

Short Poetry Collection 153


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This is a collection of 29 poems read by LibriVox volunteers for February 2016.

Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith


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A drama from the Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan. Pursued by the Parliamentary Army after the Battle of Worcester, some Royalist soldiers ta…

Short Poetry Collection 132


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This is a collection of 19 poems read by LibriVox volunteers for May 2014.

Silly Verses: Selections From Shores, Carroll, Lear, and Gilbert


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Silly and fun verses beginning with the lesser known Robert J. Shores and going on to the more known Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, and W.S. Gi…

Gretchen


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About as far from a rollicking Gilbert and Sullivan musical as you can get: this is Gilbert's tragic version of Goethe's Faust. - Summary …

Short Poetry Collection 214


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This is a collection of 59 poems read in English by LibriVox volunteers for March 2021.

The Usher's Charge


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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the fourteen comic operas (known as t…

The Sorcerer


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Alexis Pointdextre gets his family sorcerer to brew up a love potion. But what happens when it gets out of control? This two act operetta wa…

Engaged


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This comedy is by Gilbert on his own without Sullivan. "Listen to me. You love this girl?" "I love her sir, a'most as weel as…

Tom Cobb; or Fortune's Toy


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Tom Cobb: "Why, there's a squalid old pauper idiot, a patient of his, who's got no name of his own, and Whipple [Doctor] christened him…

The Magnet and The Churn


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LibriVox volunteers bring you 21 recordings of The Magnet and The Churn by W. S. Gilbert. This was the Weekly Poetry project for April 26,…

Broken Hearts


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Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan fame also wrote non-musical plays without Sullivan as a partner. Here is a dramatic play far afield from the…

Sweethearts (Version 2)


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Subtitled "An Original Dramatic Contrast", the play presents two neighbors, Harry and Jenny, parting in Act 1 and then meeting aga…

Ballad: A Manager's Perplexities


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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the fourteen comic operas (known as t…