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Princess Ida (1982)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
King Gama
Neil Howlett ...
King Hildebrand
Laurence Dale ...
Prince Hilarion, King Hildebrand's Son
Bernard Dickerson ...
Cyril, Hilarion's friend
Richard Jackson ...
Florian, Hilarion's friend
Nan Christie ...
Princess Ida, King Gama's Daughter
Anne Collins ...
Lady Blanche, Professor of Abstract Science
Tano Rea ...
Arac, King Gama's Son
Peter Savidge ...
Guron, King Gama's Son
Christopher Booth-Jones ...
Scynthius, King Gama's Son
Josephine Gordon ...
Lady Psyche, Professor of Humanities
Claire Powell ...
Melissa, Lady Blanche's Daughter
Jenny Wren ...
Sacharissa, Girl Graduate
Elise McDougall ...
Chloe, Girl Graduate


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 <>

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Set in medieval times, a notice board listing planets refers to Uranus, not discovered until 1781. (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: [singing] 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!
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One of the better of this series
11 May 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I've always had mixed feelings about this series and wonder at the wisdom of having famous guest stars, usually American, in the leads. At its worst, in my opinion, was Vincent Price in Ruddigore who I think ruined that production. But, in my opinion, Gorshin didn't disgrace himself and I think he fit in with the spirit of this version.

The others were good as well. I didn't object to the garden party settings but I think sometimes it was a bit distracting to have the "guests" looking in on some of the scenes.

I did think Fairbanks seemed lost and confused much of the time in the introductions and perhaps Vincent Price should have introduced them instead of Doug Jr. or instead of playing Ruddigore.

This is, incidentally, the last operetta before Mikado and the ones following are, I think, greater works than this one but "Ida" is always interesting. The DVD is good but has few extra features.

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