The partnership of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan produced a collection of the most best-loved and (still!) oft-performed comic operas in the history of theater. Here is the story of each of G&S's greatest works--from inspiration to opening night and beyond--woven into a fascinating account of their lives, times, and the giddy rise to global celebrity. The book features many rare photos and a dazzling selection of illustrations from contemporary posters, programs, memorabilia, and merchandise The book includes a DVD with 11 complete operas, featuring a cast of award-winning stars including Peter Allen, Joel Grey, Frankie Howard, Gillian Knight, Keith Michell, Vincent Price, and Clive Revill in The Gondoliers, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Mikado Patience, The Pirates of Penzance, Princess Ida, Ruddigore The Sorcerer, Trial by Jury, and The Yeoman of the Guard. The music is by the London Symphony Orchestra and The Ambrosian Opera Chorus.