Thespis or "The Gods Grown Old"
A musical play by Gilbert and Sullivan.
Opened December 26 1871 at the Gaiety Theatre London (no longer standing).
Most of the music has been lost so it is generally performed to other Sullivan music or other composers' scores.
The time is the present (1871) the Gods of Olympus
are getting old
. A misfit
band of thespians
climb to the summit of Mount Olympus
for a picnic
! Seeing them the Gods hatch a plan
for a bit of a rest asking the troupe
to play the part of the Gods for a while. Naturally they jump at the chance
A bit different to the other more well know operettas; more like a pantomime which was the style generally offered at the Gaiety Theatre at that time.