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The Bab Ballads: a new recording


The W.S. Gilbert Society is proud to announce a new CD recording of 28 of Gilbert's witty and acerbic Bab Ballads, recited by modern day luminaries of Gilbert & Sullivan performance: Simon Butteriss, Bruce Graham, Charlotte Page, Leon Berger, Adrian Lawson and Barry Clark. Hilarious, inventive, silly and even, on occasion, touching, these comic poems have something for everyone.


This two CD set is available direct from the W.S. Gilbert Society for only £11.50 (UK), £14.00 (EU), or £15.00 (rest of the world).


To order, you may either:


  • send a cheque, payable to the W.S. Gilbert Society, to: John Balls (Chairman), 13 Highfield Close, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, NR7 0RQ, United Kingdom; or

  • pay by PayPal, sending your money to: gilbertsociety@yahoo.co.uk and at the same time emailing ajcrowth@yahoo.com (Andrew Crowther) with your personal details for delivery. Please take care to copy these email addresses correctly, especially when sending money.


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)

Suzanne Lubenko (Treasurer)
J. Derrick McClure (Editor)

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 15 pounds. For overseas air-mail it is 20 pounds. If possible, please send the money by sterling cheque. All cheques should be made payable to the W.S. Gilbert Society. Cheques may be accepted in non-UK currency with an additional banking conversion fee: 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).  

Contact us today!

Write to Andrew Crowther (Secretary) at:




or at:


5 Undercliffe Old Road



United Kingdom.

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