1883–1884 Princess Ida
William Gilbert was ready with the adapted prologue from The Princess, which would become Act One of Princess Ida. That same day all three—Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, and Richard D'Oyly Carte—went along to the office of Frank Stanley, who had drawn up a five-year agreement for them. It was formal, legal language, intended to ensure as far as possible that there was no room for misinterpretation. The phrase beginning “repairs incidental to the performance” would prove to be at the center of the legal argument, although not the underlying cause, which in 1890 was to lead to so much controversy. After signing the five-year agreement, Sullivan and Gilbert drove to the Savoy and there Gilbert read him Act One of what was to be Princess Ida. Sullivan was sufficiently satisfied for Gilbert to be able to carry on with the adaptation of his own work and to Sullivan with the lyrics.
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