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GREAT IN MANY RESPECTS, BUT TOO MANY INACCURACIES
on 19 June 2017
This double bill of two early G&S operettas is so good in some many ways it's a shame it slightly spoils itself in others.
On the plus side it's the best sung, best acted, most joyous, most energetic G&S I've ever seen....and believe me, I've seen a lot in the past 50 years! Outstanding is the soprano playing Josephine, the captain's daughter. For once a G&S heroine is more than the usual cardboard cutout - she sings gloriously, is funny (especially in the Act ll trio "Never Mind the Why & Wherefore") and has plenty of character.
Likewise the Captain himself & the First Lord of the Admiralty are played with gusto and aplomb, and for once the First Lord is played by someone who can actually SING!
Unfortunately the same can't be said of Little Buttercup, whose voice would be OK in a modern musical, but here she stands out like a sore thumb.
Lots of errors about Royal Navy procedure, eg wrong salutes & captain with moustache & sidewhiskers!
TRIAL BY JURY great fun but modern dress production doesn't work for me. Breach of Promise ceased to be an offence decades ago, and no court of law allows photography & tape recorders! Shame, as it's brilliantly performed.