Opera Della Luna have re-staged a lesser known Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The Sorcerer, which has not been professionally performed except at a Gilbert and Sullivan festival since 1982. This is a real shame as this production has all the charm and wit of the better known shows, and an enchanting plot running through it.
In a small rural village, two young lovers become engaged, and wish to share their happiness by making the rest of the villagers fall in love. They achieve this with the help of a sorcerer, John Wellington Wells, but as with all meddlesome plans, things go awry.
Opera Della Luna have taken the libretto and, with some tweaking, set it in the midst of the 1970s complete with velvet suits and cheesecloth dresses; and it works amazingly well. Sexual innuendo and seventies idiom abound, but are never played beyond the point of humour.
Staged with a small cast and on-stage 'village band', this feels like a large show in an intimate space, and hopefully under Jeff Clarke's solid direction Opera Della Luna will encourage many more people to discover this largely forgotten but very funny Gilbert and Sullivan work.