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The Gondoliers (1982)

TV Movie  |  Comedy, Musical
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Marco and Giuseppe marry their sweethearts Gianetta and Tessa, but neither couple is allowed to leave for their honeymoon, because there is a problem. They are informed that one of the ... See full summary »

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Marco and Giuseppe marry their sweethearts Gianetta and Tessa, but neither couple is allowed to leave for their honeymoon, because there is a problem. They are informed that one of the bridegrooms is really the King of Barataria, but nobody knows which. Gianetta and Tessa are delighted with the idea of one of them being Queen, but upset when they are told that women are not allowed to accompany their husbands to Barataria and that they will have to stay behind in Venice. Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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Flawed, but still one of the better productions of a hit-and-miss series
11 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As I said in the review title, I find the D'Oyly Carte Gilbert and Sullivan productions hit and miss. There have been some good productions like Iolanthe, Cox and Box and Princess Ida, but also some disappointments such as HMS Pinafore(the worst of the series), Pirates of Penzanze and Yeomen. Their production of The Gondoliers was one of the better ones though for me, only let down by the efficiently sung but too straight-forward performance of the Duke by Eric Shilling(I never really got the sense that the Duke was one of G&S's most comic characters) and some flagging sound in numbers like In Enterprise of Marital Kind. However, the video directing is better than in Penzanze for example, actually not dulling the handsome production values too much. The choreography is mostly sprightly and energetic especially in the Act 2 Gavotte, the dialogue and lyric witty(a couple of minor cuts but no really embarrassing additions or updates) and the orchestral playing, chorus singing and conducting outstanding. I was impressed by the principals in general. Sandra Dugdale doesn't have that much to do as Casilda, but really makes the most of O Rapture! When Alone Together. Keith Michell is different than the usual "menacing monster/charming man caught up in an unpleasant profession" Alhambra, more soft-spoken and quietly condescending, but this approach did work, and while starting off stiff the Giuseppe of Tom McDonnell sounds beautiful and is much more relaxed by Rising Early in the Morning. But my favourite performance was that of Francis Egerton as Marco, who is so quirky and full of life in his presence. In a nutshell, a very good Gondoliers production and one of the better productions of the series. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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