The Sorcerer

National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company
with the National Festival Orchestra


Director: Donald Maxwell

Here is a rare opportunity to see a “magical” Gilbert and Sullivan show that seldom gets a “professional” outing. The plot of The Sorcerer is based on a Christmas story, An Elixir of Love, that Gilbert wrote for The Graphic magazine in 1876.


The idealistic Alexis is about to become engaged to the beautiful Aline. He is obsessed with the idea of love levelling all ranks and social distinctions. To support his views he invites the proprietor of J. W. Wells & Co., Family Sorcerers to their engagement party and orders him to concoct a love potion and spike the tea!  This causes everyone in the village to fall in love with the first person they see and results in the pairing of comically mismatched couples. But how can they break the spell?


Make sure you don’t miss this spellbinding production directed by Donald Maxwell.



HARROGATE ROYAL HALL – BOX OFFICE 01422 323252          

Fri 12 Aug 7.30pm

Sat 13 Aug 2.30pm

Fri 19 Aug 2.30pm & 7.30pm 



MALVERN THEATRE  - BOX OFFICE - 01684 89 22 77                

Thur 8 Sept 7.30pm



Director Donald Maxwell
Musical Director James Hendry
Choreographer Karen Halliday
Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre, and elderly Baronet Martin Lamb
Alexis of the Grenadier Guards, his son Nicholas Sales
Dr Daly, Vicar of Ploverleigh Bruce Graham
Notary Matthew Kellett
John Wellington Wells, of J W Wells & Co, Family Sorcerers Richard Gauntlett
Lady Sangazure, a Lady of Ancient Lineage Fiona Mackay
Aline her daughter, betrothed to Alexis Jane Harrington
Mrs Partlet a pew opener Pauline Birchall
Constance, her Daughter Rebecca Bottone