Logo Welcome to Savoynet, an unmoderated electronic mailing list dedicated to discussion of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, the operas they wrote, British culture and musical theater of their time, and related matters.

Savoynet was founded by Bill Venman, who was surfing the information highway one day in 1992 and found practically nothing relating to the greatest librettist/composer team in the history of the lyric theater. After several months at the University of Massachusetts, Savoynet transferred to Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia, where it has resided ever since.

The listowner of Savoynet is Marc Shepherd. Marc took over the job in late 1998, after Ralph MacPhail, Jr., put in several years of yeoman service. Send Marc an email if you have any questions about Savoynet.

How to Join:
There are two ways to subscribe to Savoynet. Visit and subscribe online. Or, send email to The contents of the email don't matter.

You will receive a response asking you to confirm your membership. A short while later, you will receive a welcome message. Please keep that message for future reference. It explains how to unsubscribe or alter your subscription options—for instance, to switch to digest format, or to unsubscribe.

From then on, expect to receive anywhere from twenty to sixty G&S-related messages per day from Savoynetters around the world. Feel free to lurk or to actively contribute, as suits your fancy.

Posts to Savoynet should be emailed to Note that Savoynet accepts messages from current subscribers only, and you must send your postings from the same email address that you subscribed from.

To unsubscribe, send an email to If you lose the welcome message, visit

These are the basics. If you'd like to know more, you can browse one of the following topics:

Useful listserv commands
Online etiquette for Savoynet
Frequently-asked questions

Savoynet Performing Group:
Since 1997, the Savoynet Performing Group has produced a show at the annual Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England, including:

All of these productions were planned and cast over the internet, with the participants gathering to rehearse in Buxton about a week before the show. See the list of nominations and awards won through 2007 here.

Although the Performing Group is separate from the discussion list, a subscription to the discussion list is a prerequisite to joining the Performing Group. Information about auditioning or participating in any capacity is posted to all subscribers. The Savoynet Performing Group has a Constitution, which can be found here (PDF).

Where Else To Go:
In addition to Savoynet itself, an excellent source of G&S-related information is the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive.

Other G&S-related web sites (not an exhaustive list) include:

Last Modified: 9-Nov-11
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