A romance tested... A town under enchantment... Can the spell be broken?

G&S WA proudly presents The Sorcerer – the toe-tapping, spellbinding musical that started it all!

Gilbert & Sullivan’s inaugural full-length collaboration, The Sorcerer is filled with memorable characters, witty and wonderful music, and a tantalizing story-line.

With a libretto by W. S. Gilbert and music by Arthur Sullivan, The Sorcerer is based on a Christmas story, An Elixir of Love, that Gilbert wrote for The Graphic magazine in 1876.

A young man, Alexis, is obsessed with the idea of love leveling all ranks and social distinctions. To promote his beliefs, he invites the proprietor of J. W. Wells & Co., Family Sorcerers, to brew a love potion. This causes everyone in the village to fall madly (and musically) in love with the first person they see and results in topsy turvy hilarity from comically mismatched couples. In the end, Wells must sacrifice his life to break the spell.

The satire in the piece concerns Victorian-era class distinctions and operatic conventions. The operetta was important to the development of the Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration. Think Downton Abbey with songs!

The Sorcerer packs ample charms, including a felicitous score, a Verdian drinking song turned to teetotal ends, and at least one chorus that has reached the periphery of pop culture. – The New York Times

…there is much to enjoy in this satire on Victorian-era English country manners and the obsession with matters supernatural which held much of middle-class England in its thrall at the time. – Presto Music

The Sorcerer includes some of the most memorable moments in the whole Sullivan operetta canon. From the very first notes in the overture, there are a wealth of good tunes. – Classical.net

The Sorcerer was first staged in 1877: it is one of the lesser-known comic operas/operettas, yet has one of Sullivan’s most inspired scores, and contains some of Gilbert’s wittiest, stylised dialogue and lyrics. – Operetta Research Centre

Featuring seasoned performers from the worlds of musical theatre and opera, celebrate The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of WA’s 70th Anniversary Year with a standout show from a much loved and illustrious organisation, an enchanting event not to be missed!

Production Dates

2 Matinees, 7 Evenings

Thursday, 14 October – 7.30pm
Friday, 15 October –  7.30pm
Saturday, 16 October – 2.00pm (matinee) and 7.30pm

Wednesday, 20 October – 7.30pm
Thursday, 21 October – 7.30pm
Friday, 22 October – 7.30pm
Saturday, 23 October – 2.00pm (matinee) and 7.30pm