SAVOY THEATRE. The Musical Times 1898 October 1 39(668): 668,673 [Unsigned review]

    THE revival of "Trial by Jury" and "The Sorcerer," on the 22nd ult., at the Savoy Theatre, was welcomed by an enthusiastic audience with the warmth that savoured of a first night. This is not astonishing. Both works contain some of the best numbers which have emanated from he Gilbert-Sullivan collaboration, and as long as human nature remains as it is, the wit and satire of the librettos will remain fresh. In the notice in these columns of the original production of "The Sorcerer," on November 17, 1877, there occurs the following passage: "To say that the music of Mr. Sullivan is thoroughly well adapted to the libretto is only to state a portion of the truth; for it seems as if every composition had grown up in the mind of the author as he wrote the words. If humour, wit, and satire can be expressed in music, assuredly many portions of this opera are as excellent specimens of this class of composition as can well be imagined." This criticism may be emphatically endorsed to-day. None of the original cast is to be found in the present company, but the work is admirably interpreted. Miss Ruth Vincent is a fascinating heroine, Miss Brandram, who appeared as Lady Sangazure at the revival of the work at the Savoy in 1884, again sustains the same part, Mr. Walter Passmore is the irrepressible John Wellington Wells, Mr. H. A. Lytton is an estimable Vicar, and Mr. Robert Evett, as Alexis, uses a genuine tenor voice with skill and dramatic perception. Other characters are well sustained by Miss E. McAlpine, Miss Emmie Owen, and Messrs. James Hewson and Leonard Russell, and anefficient chorus and orchestra well sustain the reputation for artistic completeness of the Savoy Theatre.


 

transcribed by Helga J. Perry, 18 June 2001