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The wordsmiths behind the great works of musical theatre usually get less credit than the composers. But if it weren’t for great writers, we wouldn’t have 'The Marriage of Figaro', 'Carmen' or 'The Rake’s Progress'. So here are ten of the best librettists.
The author of 75 plays and libretti, Gilbert is best known for the 14 comic operettas he produced in collaboration with Sir Arthur Sullivan. These include 'H.M.S. Pinafore', 'The Pirates of Penzance' and 'The Mikado'. Lines by Gilber have become part of the English language, such as 'short, sharp shock' and 'Let the punishment fit the crime'.
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