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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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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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Really charming and delightful
27 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Princess Ida is easily one of the better productions of the hit and miss D'Oyly Carte series, only let down by moments of crude editing. But this is more than compensated by the handsome production values, sprightly choreography such as the organised marching during When Anger Spreads His Wing and the courtly dances in Now Harken To My Strict Command and the stylish, beautiful way the music(some of G&S's loveliest, more than makes up for the weakest libretto of their operettas) is performed by the well balanced orchestra and chorus. And the chorus thankfully don't mug and are rarely static, like they did in Pirates of Penzanze(which I disliked on the whole) and Ruddigore(which I was mixed). The lyrics and dialogue are as witty and funny as ever, and the performances are great. I found the standouts to be Frank Gorshin, who sings his patter really quite decently(of the celebrities on board he is better than Joel Grey, Peter Allen and Frankie Howerd at any rate) and seems to be really enjoying himself. Nan Christie is charming in the title role, her opening song, which is not one of G&S's best in my opinion, is beautifully sung and given much life. Josephine Gordon is a fine actress, and almost steals the show in A Lady Fair go Lineage High, and Anne Collins is her usual characterful self. In conclusion, delightful on the whole and on par with Cox and Box, Iolanthe and The Sorcerer as one of the best of the D'Oyly Carte series. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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