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Princess Ida


Gilbert and Sullivan

Produced by A B Mallinson Assisted by Edythe Mallinson

28th March - 2nd April, 1927

Princess Ida; or, Castle Adamant is a comic opera with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It was their eighth operatic collaboration of fourteen. Princess Ida opened at the Savoy Theatre on January 5, 1884, for a run of 246 performances. The piece concerns a princess who founds a women's university and teaches that women are superior to men and should rule in their stead. The prince to whom she had been married in infancy sneaks into the university, together with two friends, with the aim of collecting his bride. They disguise themselves as women students but are discovered, and all soon face a literal war between the sexes.

King Hildebrand Harry Smedley
Hilarion (his Son) Harry Brierley
Cyril Arthur Wilkes
Florian Leonard Harding
King Gama H Hayward Hobson
Arac F W Blease
Guron Richard Chadwick
Scynthius W F Fitton
Princess Ida (Gamas Daughter) M Kathleen Davies
Winifred Cottrill
Lady Blanche (Professor of Abstract Science) Hilda Livsey
Lady Psyche (Professor of Humanities) Dorothy I Marshall
Melissa (Lady Blanche's Daughter) Edythe Mallinson
Queenie Eadington
Chloe Kathleen Ousey
Sacharissa Edith Lakin
Ada Gwladys Bailey
Geoffrey R Allen, N Austin, J R Butterworth, A W Eva, H W Goodricke, J H Jones, W D Lawson, A B Mallinson, Archibald Marshall, Fred J Milton, John Shore, A Smithies, Leslie Wharton
Olive Allen, Gwladys Bailey, E Blease, Elsie Boon, Ivy Bray, Norah Cartwright, D Chadwick, Winifred Cottrill, Queenie Eadington, Annie Goodricke, Dorothy Hunter, Mollie Langton, Dorothy Lawson, Alice Milton, Kathleen Ousey, Doris Prichard, Dorothy Smethurst, Doris Wharton
Rehearsals Accompanist Lilian Heap
Hon Stage Manager G E Mason
Hon Assistant Stage Manager J R Harcombe
Hon Electricians J R Whitaker
J B Picton
Hon Property Mistress Mrs C H Nickson
Hon Property Master W F Fitton
Hon Wardrobe Mistresses Mrs Eva
Mrs Harcombe
Hon Sec and Business Manager T G Whitaker
Hon Musical Director Mr Lee Thistlewaite
First Violins Mrs Camden (leader)
Miss Wilcox
Second Violin Miss Miss Grenhalgh
Viola Miss Bamford
Cello Mrs Scott
Bass G Martin
Flute Miss Liddell
Oboe F Harrison
Clarinet G Slade
First Bassoon W Johnson
Second Bassoon T Thornber
Trumpet R Wild
Trombone J Redfearn
Tympani J Bell
Piano Mrs L Heap
Scenery by Messrs J M BARRETT LTD, Pendleton
Costumes and wigs by J BURKINSHAW & SONS, Liverpool
Make Up by N AVELING