After gondoliers, Marco and Giuseppe, marry their sweethearts Gianetta and Tessa, they are informed that one of them is really the King of Barataria. However, there is a problem - nobody ... See full summary »



(operetta) (as William S. Gilbert), (additional material)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Gard ...
Graeme Ewer ...
David Hobson ...
Roger Lemke ...
Christine Douglas ...
Suzanne Johnston ...
Dennis Olsen ...
Fiona Maconaghie ...
Martin Croft ...
Neil Kirkby ...
Elizabeth Ellis ...
Prudence Dunstone ...
David Hibbard ...
David Collins-White ...
Jennifer Bermingham ...


After gondoliers, Marco and Giuseppe, marry their sweethearts Gianetta and Tessa, they are informed that one of them is really the King of Barataria. However, there is a problem - nobody knows which is the King and which is the gondolier. Gianetta and Tessa are delighted with the idea of one of them being Queen, but later discover, to their horror, that the King was married, in babyhood, to somebody else - and that neither of them will be a queen. Written by David McAnally <>

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A Gilbert and Sullivan delight
31 July 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ever since seeing Pirates of Penzance, I have always held Gilbert and Sullivan operettas close to my heart. Even those with not so good librettos like the Sorcerer have some great music. While not quite on par with Penzance, Pinafore and Mikado, Gondoliers is one of G&S's best for me, with a fun story and wonderful music. While this Opera Australia production of Gondoliers may not be for everybody, I found it a delight. I was disappointed though by the omission of I am a courtier grave and serious, one of the operettas best and adds so much to the story, I just didn't see the reason for why it was left out. Everything else was great however. The production values are colourful and tailored beautifully, while the orchestra, chorus and conducting are all to an outstanding standard, energetic and with a lovely sound throughout.

The lyrics and dialogue, additional, rewritten or the same, were deliciously witty and made me smile and laugh constantly, and the stage direction is overflowing with crisp fun and energy. Instead of stand-and-deliver, static poses and mugging like I have noticed in other G&S productions(notably the 1982-3 D'Oyly Carte series), chorus and principals alike are continually moving and quite acrobatic in movement. The Cachucha scene especially is enormous fun. The performances are superb on the whole. David Hobson towards the beginning of his career is endearing, with a beautiful voice and handsome stage presence, and Roger Demke matches him very well. Christine Douglas and Suzanne Johnston are equally beguiling, while Robert Gard, looking as though he is thoroughly enjoying himself, helps to make us understand why the Duke is one of G&S' most comic characters. Graeme Ewer, very reminiscent of a pantomime dame in this production, is a Duchess full of character, handling the Duchess' tessitura remarkably well. Dennis Olsen is more what Alhambra should be than Keith Michell was in the D'Oyly Carte performance, here instead of the quietly condescending and soft-spoken approach adopted by Michell there is more of the "menacing monster/charming man caught in an unpleasant profession" trait which I think works better(I happened to like Michell but prefer Olsen in this role).

Overall, delightful. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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