“We are thrilled to be able to let you know that we have reached an agreement with The British Library about their acquisition of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Trust’s archive.
This is excellent news for D’Oyly Carte and for the public, as it means that the archive will remain in the UK, be housed appropriately, conserved and properly catalogued. It also means that it will be accessible once again to the public for research purposes.
A fuller public announcement including greater detail will be made in due course”

Surplus archive stock is still available for purchase from D’Oyly Carte. For more information, please telephone 0844 606 0007.

The Archive contains:


Company correspondence from the 1900s

Financial Records

D’Oyly Carte accounts from 1880s

Music Parts

Music parts for non G & S operas e.g. The Vicar of Bray, The Chieftan, The Rose of Persia, The Mountebanks

Photographic Records

Production and Publicity photographs from early 1900s

Press Records

Press Cuttings from the 1900s


Company programmes from the 1930s

Prompt Books

Prompt books from early 1900s

Vocal Scores

Vocal scores from 1920s

Archive Surplus

The Archive has the following surplus items available for sale. These items range in price from £2 to £600, depending on rarity and date, so please telephone 0844 606 0007 for exact details.

The Savoyard (1962-1982) (most issues available)
D’Oyly Carte for Schools – pack containing teacher’s notes, stage and character cut-outs for The Pirates of Penzance
The Yeomen of the Guard (Dudley Hardy repro. 1920s)
Billboard 1920s
The Gondoliers (Hassal)
The Mikado (Hassal)
The Yeomen of the Guard (Hardy)
HMS Pinafore (Peter Goffin design)
The Mikado (Peter Goffin design)
Iolanthe/The Yeomen of the Guard 1988
Various New D’Oyly Carte 1989-1998
Various productions & artists (details available on request)
1958-2002 including souvenirs (details available on request)
The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company 75th anniversary of first USA tour – 1955
The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company Souvenir – 1961/62
D’Oyly Carte in Gilbert & Sullivan Australia & New Zealand – 1979 (large item)
The Mikado – A Centenary Celebration, The Pierpoint Morgan Library, New York City – 1985