The Gondoliers, or The King of Barataria is the twelfth comic opera collaboration of fourteen between Gilbert and Sullivan.The story of the opera concerns the young bride of the heir to the throne of Barataria who arrives in Venice to join her husband. It turns out, however, that he cannot be identified, since he was entrusted to the care of a drunken gondolier who mixed up the prince with his own son. A comedy of mistaken identities and changed fortunes, The Gondoliers is one of the great G&S collaborations! The Savoy Company is the world's oldest theatre group devoted to the works of Gilbert & Sullivan. The Savoy Company has been based in Philadelphia for 113 years.