Christchurch Gilbert & Sullivan Society are to present one of the most popular of all the famous Savoy operas, The Gondoliers, at the Regent in Christchurch from 26 to 28 September at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
Written in 1889, the plot is a sparkling satire on the rise of republicanism in continental Europe, whilst also levelling a gentle critique of the institution of the monarchy. Set in Venice, the shady goings on begin when Casilda, the daughter of the Duke of Plaza-Toro, arrives in the city to meet the heir to the throne of Barataria, who she was betrothed to when they were both infants. However, it transpires that years earlier because the King of Barataria had become a Methodist, the Grand Inquistor had kidnapped the baby prince, in order to protect him from his father’s wayward religious ideas.
The young prince had been entrusted to a gondolier to bring him up alongside his own son. Unfortunately, the gondolier was drunk at the time and now he can’t remember which of the boys is the rightful heir to the throne.
MAGS4DORSET has teamed up with the Regent Centre in Christchurch to offer two tickets to The Gondoliers for Thursday 26 September at 7.30pm.
For a chance to win all you have to do is answer the following question.
Where is The Gondoliers set?