the sorcerer

LIBRETTO BY W.S. GILBERT, MUSIC BY ARTHUR SULLIVAN

DIRECTED BY RORY PELSUE

OXBRIDGE OPERA COMPANY: BUXTON OPERA HOUSE

CONDUCTOR:  Christopher Milton

SCENIC DESIGN:  Anna Lewis

COSTUME DESIGN:  Anusha Mistry

LIGHTING DESIGN: Doug Perkins

STAGE MANAGER:   Emma  Wallis

The mini-festival began with an innovative production of The Sorcerer by the widely-acclaimed Oxbridge Opera Company, which showcases some of [England’s] most talented young professionals…Director Rory Pelsue takes a new look at the old tale of the mysterious magic salesman bringing an irresistible love potion to a rural village. He sets it in the West Country in 1951, as Attlee’s radical post-war government is ending. There is rationing, austerity and idealistic socialism bringing in public ownership and the [National Health Service]…You can see his thinking, since the original story is concerned with egalitarianism and breaking down class barriers. As the potion proves, love knows no barriers of rank, age or gender.      (Phillip Radcliffe, Manchester Theater Awards)