Monday 7 May 2012

Princess Ida at The Maddermarket Theatre

I was really looking forward to attending the East Norfolk Operatic Society's performance of  Princess Ida at the Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich on Wednesday 2nd May 2012. I made my way to the venue and was transported to the magical world of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Prince Hilarion has been waiting for this day for twenty years. He is about to meet Princess Ida to whom he was betrothed as a baby. Unfortunately, Ida has decided that she does not want to honour this commitment and instead has started a women's college. In an attempt to woo her, Hilarion, and his two friends are forced to disguise themselves in order to sneak into the college grounds.

Inevitably they are discovered but manage to maintain their secret. However, Princess Ida learns the truth about the intruders and it looks like violence is sure to erupt but in the end Ida concedes defeat and finally admits her love for Hilarion.

This was definitely a fun night at the Maddermarket Theatre as we were entertained by the East Norfolk Operatic Society with a performance full of enthusiasm and splendid singing. We left the theatre with the sound of With Joy Abiding in our heads and a spring in our steps.

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