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Princess Ida

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Princess Ida was written in the 1880s and was not as great a success as some of its predecessors on opening, on 5th January 1884. It's a rarely performed G&S which is a pity because it is funny and topical, even today, and the music is right up with Sir Arthur Sullivan's best.

It is set in a women's university into which a group of men try to smuggle themselves dressed as females. One can imagine how controversial it was in Victorian times.

The Julian felt it was ready to give Princess Ida a long deserved airing and although audiences were, unsurprisingly, not quite up to the numbers of the most well-known of G&S's works - The Pirates of Penzance the which the company performed in in 2015 - houses were good and enjoyed the opportunity to see a relatively unknown Savoy operetta.