Luna orbit for an opera first

The Sorcerer
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THE Sorcerer – Gilbert and Sullivan’s first big hit – wands its way to the Lyceum Theatre next week at the hands of the returning Opera della Luna.

This new production, in Tudor Square on Tuesday and Wednesday, moves the story from its quaint Victorian setting to sleepy rural Britain in the 1970s.

John Wellington Wells, a celebrated dealer in ‘magic and spells’, spreads chaos and havoc in an unsuspecting country village when he places a powerful aphrodisiac in the village hall teapot with curious revelations and results.

Since inception in 1994 Opera della Luna has established itself as a highly original ensemble of singers and comedians. Led by artistic director Jeff Clarke, it takes its name from Haydn’s operatic setting of Goldoni’s farce Il Mondo della Luna.

This new production, in Tudor Square on Tuesday and Wednesday, moves the story from its quaint Victorian setting to sleepy rural Britain in the 1970s.

John Wellington Wells, a celebrated dealer in ‘magic and spells’, spreads chaos and havoc in an unsuspecting country village when he places a powerful aphrodisiac in the village hall teapot with curious revelations and results.

Since inception in 1994 Opera della Luna has established itself as a highly original ensemble of singers and comedians. Led by artistic director Jeff Clarke, it takes its name from Haydn’s operatic setting of Goldoni’s farce Il Mondo della Luna.