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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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 ...
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
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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 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>

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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 »

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King Gama: Consider this, my love. If your mama had looked on matters from your point of view... and I rather wish she had... why where would you have been?
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26 December 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Some people do not like this television adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's esoteric opera, but I certainly do! It is one of the rare occasions when I have seen this opera performed with the correct spirit. Less satiric than the other Savoy Operas, it has in my humble opinion Arthur Sullivan's greatest score. Nan Christie is a wonderful protagonist. Ditto Anne Collins as Lady Blanche. The score is complete save for the traditional cut "Come Mighty Must". Frank Gorshin is a poor choice for King Gama - he strains for laughs, and seems in need of an audience. Taken as a whole, a great effort.


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