William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911) was one of the most original dramatists of the nineteenth century. He is best known today for having been the "words man" behind the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, but, while this was indeed his greatest achievement, it was far from being his only achievement. Much of his work remains practically unknown today, and even his best-known works such as The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance are rarely considered worth serious study.

The W.S. Gilbert Society was formed in 1985 to further the knowledge, study, appreciation and enjoyment of Gilbert's life and works. It publishes a Journal in which historical, theatrical, literary and other issues of Gilbertian interest are debated. 

At present, the Society is being run by a small group consisting of:

Mike Leigh (Hon President)
John Balls (Chairman)
Andrew Crowther (Secretary)
J. Derrick McClure (Editor)

We deeply regret to say that Brian Jones, the original editor of the W.S. Gilbert Society Journal and a deeply respected member of the Society's committee, passed away in November 2013. Tribute will be paid to him in the next issue of the Journal in Spring 2014.

To join the W.S. Gilbert Society, please contact the Hon. Secretary Andrew Crowther at:
5 Undercliffe Old Road
Bradford BD2 4RQ,
United Kingdom.
His e-mail address is: ajcrowth@yahoo.com

All comments and queries about this website should also be made to the same address.

The annual UK subscription is 10 pounds. For overseas air-mail it is 15 pounds. If possible, please send the money by sterling cheque or international money order. All cheques should be made payable to the W.S. Gilbert Society. Cheques may be accepted in non-UK currency with an extra conversion fee of five pounds: please contact Andrew Crowther at the email address below to negotiate the exact sum in your own currency.

Back issues of the W.S. Gilbert Society Journal may be ordered for 3.00 pounds each (UK) or 4.00 each (non-UK).