Thursday 7 September 2023

Sorcerer booking now open!

Booking is now open for our fantastic and fantastical production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Sorcerer!

You can buy your tickets online now by clicking on our booking link wherever you see it or by scanning the QR code.

"This two-act comic opera was the third collaboration between W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. The plot satirically challenges the Victorian class system and creates the sort of topsy turvy storyline we now expect from their work.

Alexis, the son of Sir Marmaduke Poindexter, is captivated by the idea of love as a way to level all social ranks and distinctions. He invites sorcerer J. Wellington Wells to his wedding celebrations and asks her to give them a love potion for use on the villagers. This causes all those who drink it to fall in love with the first person they see, resulting in some comic mismatching. To overturn the spell, either the spell-purchaser or spell-caster must pay with their life. This aspect of the drama is brought to the fore in this production, which highlights the moral ambiguity of the characters who are perfectly happy to sacrifice an outsider to ensure they get their classic G&S happy-ever-after.

The opera was first shown in 1877 and then revived in 1884 and was so successful that Gilbert and Sullivan went on to write ‘HMS Pinafore’ and a string of other hits culminating in ‘The Mikado’ and ‘Yeomen of the Guard’."

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