Princess of Elis

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In the month of May 1664, Louis XIV entertained the Queen-mother, Anne of Austria, and his own wife , Maria Theresa, with a brilliant and sumptuous fete at Versailles.... The second day was distinguished by the representation of The Pricess of Elis [by Moliere].... The Princess of Elis, a comedy-ballet, was intended to represent the struggle between the affections of the male and female sex, a struggle in which victory often remains with the one who seems the furthest from obtaining it.... The author's natural flow of wit and humor was checked by the necessity of accommodating himself to the conventionalities of courtly propriety. - Summary by The Translator

Cast list:

Iphitas, father to the Princess of Elis: Alan Mapstone

Euryalus, Prince of Ithaca: Kurt

Aristomenes, Prince of Messena: Tomas Peter

Theocles, Prince of Pylos: Algy Pug

Arbates, Governor to the Prince of Ithaca: Alan Mapstone

Lycas, attendant on Iphitas: Jim Locke

Moron, the Princess's Fool: ToddHW

The Princess of Elis: Availle

Aglanta, cousin to the Princess: Lydia

Cynthia, cousin to the Princess: Eva Davis

Phillis, attendant on the Princess: Sonia

Aurora: Katharina Glowalla

Lyciscas, a huntsman: Andrew James

First Musician: Eva Davis

Second Musician: Devorah Allen

Third Musician: Jim Locke

First Whippers-In: Nemo

Second Whippers-In: Alan Mapstone

Third Whippers-In: Jim Locke

Satyr: Nemo

Tircis: Alan Mapstone

Climene: TriciaG

Shepherd: Alan Mapstone

Shepherdess: Devorah Allen

Stage Directions: Adrian Stephens

Editing: ToddHW (1 hr 40 min)


1st Interlude and Act 1 32:17 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
2nd Interlude and Act 2 20:40 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
3rd Interlude and Act 3 16:49 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
4th Interlude and Act 4 16:42 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
5th Interlude and Act 5 and 6th Interlude 14:03 Read by LibriVox Volunteers