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The villagers of Ploverleigh are celebrating the marriage of Alexis, son of Sir Marmaduke Poindextre, to Aline, daughter of Lady Sangazure, who just happens to be Sir Marmaduke's old flame.... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
John Wellington Wells
David Kernan ...
Dr Daly
Donald Adams ...
Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre
Nuala Willis ...
Annabella, Lady Sangazure
Alexander Oliver ...
Alexis Pointdextre
Nan Christie ...
Aline Sangazure / Pointdextre
Enid Hartle ...
Mrs Zorah Partlet
Janis Kelly ...
Constance Partlet
Mark Lufton ...
The Notary


The villagers of Ploverleigh are celebrating the marriage of Alexis, son of Sir Marmaduke Poindextre, to Aline, daughter of Lady Sangazure, who just happens to be Sir Marmaduke's old flame. Alexis is determined that all shall share the purity of his true love. He has arranged for Mr. Wells, "a dealer in magic and spells," to administer his best-selling love potion to everyone in the village, including the vicar Dr. Daly. The result is hilarious confusion. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <>

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No revel with Revill!
16 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

A most entertaining adaptation of this rarely seen early collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan, this entry features a superb performance by David Kernan who manages to hold up his solos with brilliant effect, despite being undermined by Dave Heather's undue fondness for close-ups. It should be noted that Mr Heather's skills improved enormously as the series progressed. The Yeomen of the Guard attains well-nigh perfection.

Stephen Pimlott's staging is not as fluidly imaginative yet dramatically unobtrusive as Mr Besch's brilliant work in Yeomen, though it too has its glorious moments and will delight those fans who dote on special effects.

I was not too happy with Nan Christie in Princess Ida. I found her voice on that occasion sometimes too shrill for comfort (although it did suit the role). But here, she records well.

As for Clive Revill, I must admit he handled the patter with surprising ease, although he did tend to make up for his late entrance by willful overacting and camera-hogging. He played the role far too broadly in my opinion. No subtlety. I always imagined Wells as being far more sly and devious. Take his answer to Aline's protest: "Many of the villagers are married people!" Wells could reply like this: "Madam, this philtre is compounded on the 'strictest' principles. On-'married'-people-it-has-no-effect-whatever. But are 'you' quite sure that you have nerve enough… to carry you through the 'fearful' ordeal?" The last word could come out as a whisper or a chuckle. You can almost see Wells rubbing his hands in glee. And this of course is just one of many ways the lines could be interpreted. But Revill makes virtually no attempt at all to play the lines. Instead he plays exclusively to the camera—and overplays at that.

As usual, the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Faris (a Gilbert and Sullivan expert who kept the orchestra entertained with a fund of amusing G&S stories during rehearsals) performs in absolutely magical fashion throughout.

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