Princess Ida 2019
A Saxon kingdom and Viking settlement are on the brink of war. The only way to ease the tensions looks to be the marriage of Prince Hilarion and Princess Ida, the heirs to those great powers. But on the day they were due to meet, news arrives the Ida has renounced all men and has formed a women's university. Before tensions can rise further, Hilarion gathers his friends and, posing as female students, infiltrates the college to try and woo Ida back.
LOpSoc performed Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Princess Ida' in the Annex Theatre, 2019. The devised concept was that of medieval England, with those from the court of Hildebrand becoming Saxons, and those of Gama becoming Vikings. Varying alterations were made to the libretto and score to accommodate for this and Ida herself became a shieldmaiden.
About the Show
"Princess Ida is a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta that makes a foray into the realms of poetry - based on The Princess, a narrative poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, it is the pair’s only operetta written entirely in blank verse. Unfortunately the show was not considered a contemporary success, but LOpSOc intend to rectify that with their ambitious reimagining of the action in Early Medieval England with an Anglo-Saxon prince and a Viking princess whose father, Gama, is the Jarl of a Viking settlement, seeking to increase his influence by marrying into Hildebrand’s royal line.
An exciting and funny operetta, Princess Ida is making a comeback into the LOpSoc repertoire after nine years since its last performance. With beautiful musical numbers and a wide array of personalities composing its principal characters and chorus, this is a unique show in both the G&S collection and in LOpSoc’s.
We hope you enjoy the performance today and look forward to seeing you again for LOpSoc’s future shows!"
The Princess Ida Production Team - from the Princess Ida 2019 Programme
|Assistant Musical Director
|Jesse Bean McCabe
|Assistant Technical Director
|Jesse Bean McCabe