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The Sorcerer

1998

Review
June 1998
Northern NODA news.  February 1999.                                                                                                                   Trevor Harder

A change of venue to the Priory Theatre in Tynemouth, due to anticipated rebuilding plans (now shelved), of their normal theatre, turned out to my mind, to be a major advantage.  'Sorcerer' in the intimacy of the Priory was delightful, as against a smaller audience rattling around in the barn that is the Playhouse. 

'Sorcerer' is not one of the most popular Savoy Operas, sot it is always a pleasure to see and hear it when it is well done, as in this presentation.
 
A bright, well designed and painted set and nice costume added greatly to Val Corbitt's excellent, fairly traditional production.  Mike Graham's Alexis was a priceless twit, and I liked Fu-Meng Khaw's parson very much, (pity about the distracting flower watering during his first song).  Philip Smith made his sorcerer a cockney spiv, rather than a malevolent trickster, but it worked very well for him, and his diction in the catalogue patter-song was superb.  June Posting's Lady Sangazure and Marjorie Archer's Aline were very well sung as I would have expected.  

The choral singing was lusty, as the style of this piece requires.  Before the opera began, I had wondered if such a large and excellent orchestra might not be overpowering in a much smaller theatre.  I might have known that Tony Hurst would have it all under control, as always.  The singing came over beautifully, and the evening was one of sheer musical pleasure.  Well done.
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2013

Photos By George Knox

The Sorcerer, 2013

When He is Here


Act 1 Finale


Act 2 Finale




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