Gilbert & Sullivan's Princess Ida from the Lamplighters
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The last date listed for Princess Ida was Sunday January 27, 2013 / 2:00pm.
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Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from D. Smith
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Delightful performance by the always-dependable Lamplighters. I have been a fan since the 1970s through the 1980s, but had not heard them in over 20 years, having moved out of state. In the interim they have ratcheted up their level of professionalism in terms of qualities of voice, costuming and staging even beyond their previous high standards. The Lamplighters would meet and exceed D'Oyly Carte's expectations were he alive today. Four, rather than five stars only because Princess Ida is not one of G&S's strongest works.
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A little bit disappointed with this. The staging was great, up to the normal Lamplighter standards. 38 performers plus orchestra. But honestly the male singers were very weak, other than King Hildebrand. Really detracted from the enjoyment.
Quotes & Highlights
This is the show that swept the awards at the International G&S Festival in Buxton, England: Best Production, Best Overseas Production, Best Director, Best Male Singer and Special Adjudicator’s Award for Costumes.
A 20 year old treaty states that Princess Ida and Prince Hilarion are to marry when they come of age. That time has come, but Ida refuses to honor a commitment made on her behalf when she was an infant, and has gone off to the country to start a women’s university. There she teaches an interesting variation on Darwin’s theory: that man — not woman, just man — is descended from apes, and thus is inferior to women. The Prince, on the other hand, is an unabashed romantic, and decides to woo Ida and win her love. He and two friends make their way to the university, where they disguise themselves as women in order to enroll and get close to her…