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Topsy-Turvy is a British film of genre Drama directed by Mike Leigh released in USA on 3 september 1999 with Jim Broadbent

Topsy-Turvy (1999)

Topsy-Turvy
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Released in USA 3 september 1999
Length 2h40
Directed by
Genres Drama,    Biography,    Comedy,    Comedy-drama,    Musical
Rating73% 3.6974953.6974953.6974953.6974953.697495

Topsy-Turvy is a 1999 musical drama film written and directed by Mike Leigh and stars Allan Corduner as Sir Arthur Sullivan and Jim Broadbent as W. S. Gilbert, along with Timothy Spall and Lesley Manville. The story concerns the 15-month period in 1884 and 1885 leading up to the premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. The film focuses on the creative conflict between playwright and composer, and the decision by the two men to continue their partnership, which led to the creation of several more famous Savoy Operas between them.

The film was not released widely, but it received very favourable reviews, including a number of film festival awards and two design Academy Awards. While considered an artistic success, illustrating Victorian era British life in the theatre in depth, the film did not recover its production costs. Leigh cast actors who did their own singing in the film, and the singing performances were faulted by some critics, while others lauded Leigh's strategy.

Synopsis

On the opening night of Princess Ida at the Savoy Theatre in January 1884, composer Sir Arthur Sullivan (Allan Corduner), who is ill from kidney disease, is barely able to make it to the theatre to conduct. He goes on a holiday to Continental Europe hoping that the rest will improve his health. While he is away, ticket sales and audiences at the Savoy Theatre wilt in the hot summer weather. Producer Richard D'Oyly Carte (Ron Cook) has called on Sullivan and the playwright W. S. Gilbert (Jim Broadbent) to create a new piece for the Savoy, but it is not ready when Ida closes. Until a new piece can be prepared, Carte revives an earlier Gilbert and Sullivan work, The Sorcerer.

Actors

Jim Broadbent

(W. S. Gilbert)
Allan Corduner

(Sir Arthur Sullivan)
Timothy Spall

(Richard Temple (The Mikado))
Lesley Manville

(Lucy Gilbert)
Eleanor David

(Fanny Ronalds)
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