In 2007/8 Anthony collaborated with Conductor and arranger, Timothy Henty on creating a viable vocal score and performing edition for Gilbert and Sullivan's first collaboration, "Thespis , or The Gods Grown Old" the original score of which is lost. This resulted in the first and only fully professional performance of this work since its initial London Gaiety Theatre run in 1872, which took place over three sold out performances at the historic Normansfield Theatre,Teddington. The cast included the inimitable Richard Suart in the title role.
Subsequently Anthony and Timothy published their vocal score and revised libretto and made this new version available for public performance. To date the Baker/Henty "Thespis" has been performed by enthusiastic amateur companies in the UK,USA,Canada and Australia. As well as making an appearance at the annual Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate in 2014 peformed by the combined forces of the Savoynet company.
The score can be purchased via Lulu.com and requests for licensing rights for public performances can be made to either Anthony or Timothy directly through their respective websites.
(A clip of the original 2008 Normansfield production on YouTube)
Images from the 2008 production at Normansfield
©Ralph Rapley Photography/Anthony Baker
Anthony Baker and Timothy Henty have devised a convincing if speculative reconstruction..the whole thing sparkled gaily. Henty's spritely conducting and Baker's witty production provided firm anchorage for a lively team of Savoyards, led by Richard Suart who were clearly having fun with the topsy-turvy tale of a troupe of travelling actors called upon to deputise for the classical deities on Mount Olympus, with disastrous results. Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph 2008
"A delightful little show with considerable curiosity value" Opera Magazine 2008