Princess Ida and Prince Hilarion were betrothed when the Prince was two years old and the Princess just one year old. Twenty years have now passed, and the time has come for Hilarion to claim his bride. The Princess, however, has other ideas. She has set up a women's-only University - and men are not allowed. Hilarion and his friends, Cyril and Florian, disguise themselves as women to gain entrance to the University. All goes well until Cyril's unmaidenly conduct compromises their disguise - and reveals the three friends as intruding men. Written by
David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>
Did You Know?
As a previous commenter pointed out, "Princess Ida" is set in
medieval times which makes the several references to various characters smoking cigars somewhat problematic, since tobacco usage didn't become prevalent in Europe until quite a few years after the discovery of America. (Although "Princess Ida" is set in medieval times, this production is set on a Victorian estate as a play within a play, which may account for the apparent anachronism.) See more
Prince Hilarion, King Hildebrand's Son
Come Cyril, Florian! Our course is plain! Tomorrow morn, fair Ida we'll engage. But we will use no force her love to gain. Nature, nature has armed us for the war we wage!
Version of Princess Ida