Jimmy Cricket talks about one of the greatest theatrical partnerships in history in his latest monthly column in the Lancashire Post.
The famous Northern Irish comedian has been writing regularly for the Preston-based daily newspaper for the past few years.
He posted on social media: “This month’s @leponline column tells the sad but brave story behind the death of WS Gilbert, partner of Sullivan who together wrote, “The Pirates of Penzance”, amongst many more!”
Gilbert and Sullivan were the Victorian-era partnership of the playwright Sir WS Gilbert and the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan.
The two men collaborated on 14 comic operas between 1871 and 1896, of which HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado are among the best known.