Berenice Stage Costume Hire Gallery:  Grand Duke (1896)
Gallery: Grand Duke First Performed 1896

or The Statutory Duel (March 7, 1896; Savoy Theatre; 123 performances)

Ludwig, an actor, replaces Rudolph, the miserly Grand Duke of Pfennig Halbfennig, after "killing" Rudolph by drawing the Ace in a statutory duel. By assuming all of Rudolph's obligations, he soon finds himself with far more wives, and prospective wives, than he knows what to do with. The most underrated of the G&S operas.

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The Chamberlains

Prince of Monte Carlo

Three Chamberlains



A Statutory Duel

Ernest and Julia

The Grand Duke

Meeting the Prince   and Princess of Monte Carlo

A change of Bride

And again

Duchess and Ludwig
Ludwig and Friends

Duchess and Ludwig

Ludwig and two potential brides

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The Grand Duke
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December 31, 1879
April 3, 1880

December 30, 1879
December 31, 1879
April 2, 1881

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April 23, 1881
October 10, 1881

October 8, 1881
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November 25, 1882

January 1, 1884


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January 5, 1884

October 9, 1884


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March 14, 1885

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January 22, 1887

November 5, 1887


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October 3, 1888

November 30, 1889


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March 7, 1896

July 10, 1896


Compiled from The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company In Gilbert and Sullivan Operas: A Record of Productions, 1875-1961.
Compiled by Cyril Rollins and R. John Witts. London: Michael Joseph, 1962