Talk:Thespis

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Alignment of libretto[edit]

I have cleaned up this text, removing coding boxes caused by spaces at the beginning of the lines and putting in breaks. User:Kleinzach 81.7.44.53 16:58, 22 January 2006 (UTC)

I have reverted 81.7.44.53's painstaking work. I think it's much, much more useful to see the libretto aligned as it would appear in a printed text, than to have it appear in the same font as the spoken dialogue. This is a case in which MediaWiki's typesetting falls on its face; we have to choose between functional appearance in fixed-width font and a totally non-functional appearance in normal font.
Notice that the other G&S operettas on Wikisource are in the same format: dialogue in plain text, lyrics formatted in fixed-width font for proper alignment. And since it's been several months since 81.7.44.53's edit, I infer that he's not planning to convert the rest of the operettas in the same way. Therefore, consistency is on the side of the status quo, as well. --Quuxplusone 02:50, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Regent Circus[edit]

According to Isaac Asimov's Annotated Gilbert and Sullivan, Piccadilly Circus was known as "Regent Circus" in the late 19th century; hence the Wikipedia pipelink. However, I haven't seen any independent confirmation of that proposition, so reader beware. (Also, as long as we're annotating, it's worth noting that in Gilbert's day, "back-hair" meant the long hair gathered at the nape of the neck. He's not saying Daphne has a hairy back – he's saying that her hair "has body," as the shampoo ads would say. And Nicemis is cattily implying that it might not all be real; cf. Princess Ida, in which Lady Jane makes a similar jab.) --Quuxplusone 03:11, 24 March 2006 (UTC)


Typos[edit]

...I'm afraid this source text is a bit awful: It appears to be from the same source as the one in the G&S archive, which is riddled with typos and mistakes. I'll try and fix this up as/when I can.