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George Grossmith created many of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic baritone roles and was known for his delivery of the famous patter songs.
He was also a writer and composer who entertained royalty in the parlours of palaces and a journalist who spent time as a Bow Street Court reporter. And, together with his brother Weedon he was responsible for producing "The Diary of a Nobody", which has never been out of print. It was hailed by Evelyn Waugh as being the "funniest book ever written". And will be our audio drama for this series.
Stephen Wade's career has mirrored that of George in many ways and he talks to us about the strange similarities they share as well as George's life and work amidst the backdrop of the Victorian era.
Stephen's biography of George (and indeed this conversation) mention in passing many of the great and the good of the era from Henry Irving to Dan Leno.
Guest: Stephen Wade
Host: Lottie Walker
Editor: Jacob Taylor
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