Following their sell-out production of “The Pirates of Penzance” in 2018, the Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society return to the beautiful Minack Theatre on the cliffs of Cornwall with “Princess Ida”.
Twenty years ago, King Hildebrand and King Gama arranged a diplomatic match between their infant children, with the marriage to take place when Gama’s daughter Ida came of age.
Now, the great day is at hand, but while Prince Hilarion eagerly awaits his wedding, Ida has other ideas. She has forsworn men, and now runs a women’s university. When Gama’s failure to deliver his daughter almost provokes war between the two kingdoms, Hilarion and his friends attempt to infiltrate the university, win Ida’s heart, and ensure peace. But Ida will not yield so easily, either to Hilarion’s wooing, or to King Hildebrand’s threats.
One of the highlights of the Cambridge theatre calendar, the Minack show brings together some of Cambridge’s finest technicians, musicians and performers. The production is put together on site as the cast, crew, and orchestra live and work together in the idyllic village of Paul in Cornwall (a short drive from the theatre). The cast will arrive in early September to begin rehearsals, with the orchestra and technicians following a week later.