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UTOPIA, (LIMITED)

or, THE FLOWERS OF PROGRESS

 

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ST DAVID’S PLAYERS

Gilbert and Sullivan Society · Exeter · Devon

Written by W S Gilbert

Composed by Arthur Sullivan

Premièred at The Savoy Theatre, London 7th October 1893 running for 245 performances.

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A brief synopsis:

 

King Paramount of the south seas island of Utopia decides that his people should adopt all English customs and institutions.  He has sent his daughter Princess Zara to college in England and hopes that her training there will contribute to his plan to civilise his people.  He also decides to transform his entire country into a limited liability corporation, Utopia (Limited).

 

When Princess Zara returns to Utopia she brings six
"flowers of progress" with her to train the Utopian people
in "English" customs.

 

However, the reforms are too successful and this upsets the judges of the Utopian Supreme Court and the entire Utopian population, leading to a revolt.

 

Something is clearly not quite right with the teachings to have resulted in this situation and a resolution needs to be found …

The Gondoliers

The Grand Duke

HMS Pinafore

Iolanthe

The Martyr of Antioch

The Mikado

Patience

The Pirates of Penzance

Princess Ida

Ruddigore

The Sorcerer

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