TITLE: Huddersfield Gilbert and Sullivan Society, The Sorcerer

VENUE: Lawrence Batley Theatre

BY: David Heathcote

HUDDERSFIELD Gilbert and Sullivan Society marks its golden anniversary with a brilliant production of The Sorcerer.

The Society honours one of the greatest partnerships in British music, presenting these satirical gems that remain as enjoyable today as they did in Queen Victoria’s reign.

Graham Weston’s typically traditional production at the Lawrence Batley Theatre was bright and lively, with great pace between scenes.

He enjoyed the gifts of Gilbert’s comic genius, which made the dramatic turns of the story all the more impressive. His strong cast responded very well indeed.

The chorus was powerful, particularly in the more operatic movements such as Oh Marvellous Illusion, and created amusing scenes in the duet with Sir Marmaduke and Lady Sangazure.

Musical director Simon Ackroyd was simply brilliant and one of the most vibrant and energetic conductors that the theatre has enjoyed for many years.

Ackroyd knows what he wants from the music and takes his orchestra and company with him on a refreshing interpretation of the score.

The show continues tonight and tomorrow at 7.15pm. Tomorrow there is also a matinee at 2.15pm.