The Victoria and Albert Museum's Theatre & Performance Department has digitised several of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company's original prompt books, which were used in the end of the 19th century at the Savoy Theatre in the productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operas.
Some of the prompt books digitised include The Mikado, Princess Ida and the Pirates of Penzance which all date from the 1880s. It will undoubtedly serve as a useful tool for those researching musical theatre of London in the late 19th century.
One could speculate that Mike Leigh, the director of the movie Topsy Turvy or a member of his production staff, might have consulted these very prompt books to give an air of authenticity to their movie.
RESEARCH LIBRARIAN SENATE HOUSE LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
I've developed webpages and e-books previously and am now trying to develop nonmediated tools for researchers in music using this format in addition to more traditional approaches of controlled vocabulary and searching techniques to promote information literacy and facilitate research.
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