In the following short videos, our Stage Director, Alistair Donkin, takes us through the plot of our summer production, Princess Ida. This show is unique in the G&S canon in that it has three acts, but anyone who loves Gilbert's comedic wordplay or Sullivan's entrancing melodies should find it very familiar.
In which two kingdoms are united by the marriage of toddlers. . . the now grown Prince Hilarion pines for Princess Ida, but Ida's father does not bring her. . . Hilarion vows to charm his way into Ida's graces.
In which Princess Ida's women's university is in session, teaching that men are "more or less insane" . . . Hilarion and his friends sneak into the school dressed as female students and hilarity ensues. . . their ruse is discovered through a tipsy slip of the tongue and calamity ensues. . . Hilarion's father storms the castle.
In which Princess Ida's army of female students has second thoughts about the battle. . . Ida's father pleads instead that her brothers fight Hilarion to determine Ida's future. . . Hilarion is victorious and convinces Ida that not all men are bad.