February 2019 Art Acumen

simon casson

Interview with Simon Casson on the construction of the Savoyards.

In the late 17th century the Savoy precinct became a notorius place of sanctuary for desperadoes and outlaws, who were nicknamed 'Savoyards' - a term originally applied to natives of Savoy in France. (Later, the word was used for performers in, or devotees of, the Savoy operas - see below. The performers in the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas Iothanthe and Patience would have been called the Savoyards.