Who was the lyricist and who was the composer for the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas? July 23, 2020October 30, 2011 by Pamela Landy W. S. Gilbert wrote the lyrics and Arthur Sullivan wrote the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Related Answers What was the name of director John L. Sullivan’s (Joel McCrea’s) “serious” film that he wanted to research in Sullivan’s Travels (1941)? Who was Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier? What was the name of the Italian mouse on “The Ed Sullivan Show” (CBS, 1948-71)? Which composer premiered a symphony in an American department store? How much did composer Aaron Copland know about the historical subject of his ballet Billy the Kid (1938)? Does the song “Louie Louie” contain dirty lyrics?