Stage model act 2
The eleventh of the major Gilbert and Sullivan collaborations,
written against background of artistic disagreement, but one of
their most sparkling scores. The gondoliers is notable for skillfully
handled long introductions and finales without spoken dialogue.
Having to work in an extremely small theatre we decided to design
the hall as well as the stage. Our first inspiration was the Venetian
painter Giambattista Tiepolo. The whole concept was based on his
etchings and drawings, which we changed to a burlesque collage.
The set showed blue painted skies with small drawings of Venetian
houses at the bottom (1st act), and the same Tiepolo-like blue
skies with this enormous throne, etching-like as the only set-piece.
During the performance several props came along, as the story
revealed, but all in a witty way.
Video still from act 2