Lamplighters Music Theatre to Stage PRINCESS IDA, Now thru 2/17

The Lamplighters celebrate their 60th Season with Gilbert & Sullivan's delightful tale of cross-dressing princes and the feminists who love them, PRINCESS IDA. This is the show that the Lamplighters took to England in 1995, and won the grand prize at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival tonight, Jan 25-27 at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, Feb 1-3 at YBCA in San Francisco, Feb 9-10 at the Bankhead in Livermore, and Feb 16-17 at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

For tickets ($15-$59) and information, the public may call the Lesher box office at (925) 943-7469, the YBCA box office at (415) 978-2787, the Bankhead box office at (925) 373-6800, the MVCPA box office at (650) 903-6000, or visit

A 20 year old treaty states that Princess Ida and Prince Hilarion are to marry when they come of age. That time has come, but Ida refuses to honor a commitment made on her behalf when she was an infant, and has gone off to the country to start a women's university. There she teaches an interesting variation on Darwin's theory: that man -- not woman, just man -- is descended from apes, and thus are inferior to women. The Prince, on the other hand, is an unabashed romantic, and decides to woo Ida and win her love. He and two friends make their way to the university, where they disguise themselves as women in order to enroll and get close to her...

WHERE: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive (at Locust).
WHEN: Friday January 25th 2013, 8pm
Saturday January 26th 2013, 2pm & 8pm
Sunday January 27th 2013, 2pm
TICKETS: For tickets ($20-54) call 925-943-7469 or visit

WHERE: Lam Research Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street (at Third)
WHEN: Friday, February 1, 8pm
Saturday, February 2, 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, February 3, 2pm
TICKETS: For tickets ($15-59), call 415-978-2787 or visit

WHERE: Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street
WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 8pm
Sunday, February 10, 2pm
TICKETS: For tickets ($22-46), call 925-373-6800 or visit

WHERE: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street
WHEN: Saturday, February 16, 8pm
Sunday, February 17, 2pm
TICKETS: For tickets ($18-52) call 650-903-6000 or visit

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