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The Sorcerer (1982)

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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Dave Heather

Writer:

W.S. Gilbert (libretto) (as William S. Gilbert)
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Clive Revill ... John Wellington Wells
David Kernan ... Dr Daly
Donald Adams Donald Adams ... Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre
Nuala Willis Nuala Willis ... Lady Annabella Sangazure
Alexander Oliver Alexander Oliver ... Alexis Pointdextre
Nan Christie Nan Christie ... Aline Sangazure
Enid Hartle Enid Hartle ... Mrs Zorah Partlet
Janis Kelly Janis Kelly ... Constance Partlet
Mark Lufton Mark Lufton ... The Notary
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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. 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 <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Definitely up there as one of the best of the 1982-3 D'Oyly Carte G&S series
4 July 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As I've said before, I find this series of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas rather hit and miss. Some are great like Cox and Box, Patience and Iolanthe, some are very good like The Mikado, Trial By Jury and Patience(Ruddigore was decent, if problematic, to me) and some are very disappointing like HMS Pinafore(which is by far the worst of the series), Pirates of Penzanze and Yeomen. The Sorcerer fortunately is one of the great one. Maybe there are too many close-ups, and some of the pacing is occasionally draggy, but a lot makes up for it. (the operetta itself is not one of G&S's best, with a slow beginning, silly story and not as many standouts musically, but there are enough glorious moments to enjoy). The production is handsome in how it looks, and the choreography is some of the most enthusiastic of any of the productions in the series. The music is stylishly played, buoyantly conducted and sung with good balance and musicality by the chorus. Of the performances, Donald Adams is not quite as good as he is in Ruddigore, but he is still excellent as Sir Marmaduke. I particularly enjoyed his nuanced minuet with Nuala Willis. I have a fondness for Clive Revill's KoKo, and he was one of the reasons why I saw this production in the first place. I found him wonderfully sly in the title role, and he manages the pattering with aplomb. Nan Christie was one of the best assets of Princess Ida, and she is just as charming here with a truly enchanting smile. Nuala Willis is a lot of fun as Lady Sangazure, with a firm contralto voice, especially in her duet with Revill in the second act. David Kernan's Dr Daly can also be seen as a success. Overall, one of the better productions of the series and a real gem. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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