Engaged

BY WS GILBERT
27 November 2002 — 11 January 2003

Engaged was first produced in 1877, just before Gilbert's partnership with Arthur Sullivan began to flourish.

This comedy is triumpahnt burlesque of a whole range of the conventions and stereotypes found in melodrama and in the sentimental and moralising comedies of the time. the play begins in Scotland, clsoe to Gretna Green, with wrecked trains, pretty girls and proposals of marriage. It ends up in London where everyone is confronted with the desperate desire to discover who is betrothed to whom and what the financial consequences of it all may be.

Gilbertian wit and satire at its very best.