Literature

W.S. Gilbert the Poet

One of the many reasons for cursing the Arts Council of Great Britain (now the Arts Council of England) is its decision in 1982 to cut off its grant to the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, thus causing it to close. The company needed a grant, not because its shows could not fill theatres (they could always do that) but because touring up and down the country as they did was very expensive. Had they sat on their bottoms in Sloane Square, like the avant-gardistes of the Royal Court, they could have continued to swallow money without worrying at all about…

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