"the d' oyly-carte company prepare to offer a new season of gilbert & sullivan "
Published August 16, 1936
THE D' OYLY-CARTE COMPANY PREPARE TO OFFER A NEW SEASON OF GILBERT & SULLIVAN (l to r) Evelyn Gardiner, Martyn Green, Richard Walker, Darrell Fancourt, Brenda Bennett, Sylvia Cecil and Sydney Granville, NYT 1/1/39
The D'Oyly-Carte Opera Company as it was officially called, and which originally commissioned Gilbert and Sullivan to write their famous operettas, was the only company to perform them professionally in the 1930s. It had toured America and come to Broadway sporadically as far back as 1885, but the 1930s saw a sustained presence on Broadway with three different residencies in 1934, 1936, and 1939. Their home in New York was the Martin Beck Theatre, now known as the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. For all three visits, Hirschfeld drew a season composite such as this for one paper, but often drew individual productions for other papers during the run. While he never drew the composing team themselves, he did draw actors playing them a year earlier. He would continue to draw Gilbert and Sullivan productions through the 1980s when Masterpiece Theatre presented a number of the shows on television.