Preview: Princess Ida, King’s Theatre

Edinburgh Gilbert & Sullivan Society in Princess Ida
Edinburgh Gilbert & Sullivan Society in Princess Ida
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THE Edinburgh Gilbert & Sullivan Society are back treading the boards at the King’s Theatre this week with a new production of Princess Ida.

The eighth in the series of Savoy Operas by the revered Victorian-era theatrical partnership, it is based on ‘The Princess’, a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

In this tale of two rival kingdoms with a prince and princess married in babydom, Princess Ida runs a women-only university dedicated to anti-male propaganda.

Prince Hilarion (betrothed to Ida in infancy) and two male friends break into the university and disguise themselves as girls in an attempt to win her back.

When Hilarion’s father decides to launch a full-scale attack, the lady undergraduates are ordered to “man” the barricades.

What transpires is a literal battle between the sexes.

This is Gilbert & Sullivan at the height of their powers – and not to be missed.

Edinburgh Gilbert & Sullivan Society: Princess Ida, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, until Saturday, 7.30pm daily (Sat matinee, 2.30pm), £12-£19, 0131-529 6000