Which emotion is it that can trump all others? Why it’s true love of course! The sounds of wedding bells can be heard in the distance in the village of Ploverleigh as the Baronet, Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre’s son Alexis is to be engaged to his old flame Lady Sangazure’s daughter Aline. The whole village is out to celebrate this happy union, and Alexis is keen to share the love he feels for Aline with all the people of Ploverleigh! With the help of the Sorcerer, John Wellington Wells, a special love potion finds its way to the lips of the unmarried population of the village who, upon initially falling asleep, awake to fall in love with the first person they see! With comically mismatched couples everywhere they turn, hilarious – and not so hilarious – consequences become apparent. To reverse the potion, someone must sacrifice themselves and be consumed by fire but who should be the one to do so? What will become of the inhabitants of Ploverleigh? And will Alexis and Aline make it to their wedding day?
This 1877 comical opera was Gilbert and Sullivan’s third collaboration following ‘Trial by Jury’ and before ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’. ‘The Sorcerer’ marks the first Savoy Opera in which the duo had complete control over casting and production, and also showcases, for the first time, all of the typical features of a G&S opera. Less often performed than it’s more successful descendants, its relative success nevertheless became a pivotal moment in the history of Gilbert and Sullivan.
Our society has performed ‘The Sorcerer’ four times since 1986. To see the full page for the year you’re interested in, click on the relevant image below. To view the image galleries, head over to our Main Show page.
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