Princess Ida

Date 21st March 2018
Society Rose Hill Musical Society
Venue The Guildhall Theatre, Derby
Type of Production G&S
Director Beverley Graham
Musical Director Margaret Slater
Choreographer Rex Portillano

Report

Author: Keith Scott-Savage

Opening on the 5th January 1884, at the Savoy Theatre, London, `Princess Ida` was the 8th collaboration between Gilbert & Sullivan, and the only one with three acts.

The company presented a well-staged and vocally strong production.  It was evident that the principals were comfortably familiar with G & S and good performances were in abundance.  The two Kings, Peter Featherstone as the dour King Hildebrand, and David Fletcher, who was quite outstanding as King Gama, led the way with strong portrayals.  Able vocal support came from Craig Arme as Hilarion, Melvyn Edwards as Cyril,  and Tony Eley as Florian, who between them had the bulk of the comedy.

There were also competent performances from the ever reliable Jayne-Brewster Beard as Lady Blanche, Angela Martin as Lady Psyche,  and a charming Jemma Baldry as Melissa.  Perfectly cast was Nicola Gale as Princess Ida, excellent in diction and vocally top drawer.

Good support from the chorus of Soldiers, Courtiers and Girl Graduates etc. and as always a first class orchestra which made for an enjoyable,  if a tad long evening.  Well done to Beverley and her team.