History Theatre / Ruddigore

10th Jun '18 6:11:47 PM Gideoncrawle
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* BetaCouple: Ruthven's reformed brother, Despard, marries his OldFlame Margaret offstage between acts. The happy couple comes to Ruthven in Act II to encourage him to reform as well.

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* BetaCouple: Ruthven's reformed [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] brother, Despard, marries his OldFlame Margaret offstage between acts. The happy couple comes to Ruthven in Act II to encourage him to reform as well.



** The newly reformed Despard reunites with Margaret, whom he had abandoned after being forced to turn evil, at the end of Act I.

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** The [[HeelFaceTurn newly reformed reformed]] Despard reunites with Margaret, whom he had abandoned after being forced to turn evil, at the end of Act I.
10th Jun '18 6:05:11 PM Gideoncrawle
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* BetaCouple: Despard and Margaret, Sir Roderick and Dame Hannah, Richard and Zorah.

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* BetaCouple: Despard and Margaret, Sir Roderick and Dame Hannah, Richard and Zorah.Ruthven's reformed brother, Despard, marries his OldFlame Margaret offstage between acts. The happy couple comes to Ruthven in Act II to encourage him to reform as well.



* IHaveThisFriend: Robin and Rose make use of this trope in the song "I know a youth.".

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* IHaveThisFriend: Robin and Rose make use of this trope in the song "I know Know a youth.".Youth".



* LastMinuteHookup: Richard, aced out by Robin/Ruthven for Rose's affections just before the closing chorus, immediately and enthusiastically turns to Zorah, head of the professional bridesmaids corps. She accepts him with equal enthusiasm, despite having had no real interaction with him previously. This is typical of the "any partner is better than no partner" attitude that tends to prevail among Gilbert's characters.



* OldMaid: Averted with extreme prejudice by Dame Hannah. She's an old "tiger-cat" who leaps into hand-to-hand combat with her "ravisher" and terrorises him (''à la'' "[[WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys dainty Dora Stanpipe]]").

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* OldFlame:
** The newly reformed Despard reunites with Margaret, whom he had abandoned after being forced to turn evil, at the end of Act I.
** Dame Hannah reunites with her long-lost love, Roderic, in Act II.
* OldMaid: Averted with extreme prejudice by Dame Hannah. She's Hannah states that she has pledged herself to an old "tiger-cat" who leaps into hand-to-hand combat with eternal maidenhood after being forced by ethical and moral considerations to stand up her "ravisher" and terrorises him (''à la'' "[[WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys dainty Dora Stanpipe]]").love at the altar many years before.



* PairTheSpares: The female chorus is paired off with either the revivified ghosts, or the visiting gentlemen from the city, depending on version. It's kind of set up in Act I, where the women gush over the visiting gentlemen because "The sons of the tillage / Who dwell in this village" ... "Though honest and active, / They're most unattractive". Also, Richard and Zorah, who he's had no lines with before then. Mind, the opera's a spoof of bad melodrama plots, so...
10th Jun '18 4:48:58 PM Gideoncrawle
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* RomanticFalseLead: Rose chooses Richard when Robin makes an (enforced) Face Heel Turn in the first act finale, but easily switches back to Robin in the second.

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* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: The prosperous farmer Robin Oakapple and the poor sailor Richard Dauntless vie for Rose Maybud's hand. Rose prefers Robin, partly because his moral character is superior and partly because she's a GoldDigger, but turns to Richard when Robin's true identity is revealed, which invokes the {{curse}} that [[EnforcedTrope requires]] Robin/Ruthven to [[FaceHeelTurn become a career criminal]]. When Ruthven breaks the curse with a LogicBomb at the end of Act II, which allows him to become good again, Rose pivots back to him.
* RomanticFalseLead: Rose chooses Richard when Robin makes an (enforced) Face Heel Turn FaceHeelTurn in the first act finale, but easily switches back to Robin in the second.
10th Jun '18 9:11:01 AM Gideoncrawle
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: This is what Dame Hannah thinks Sir Ruthven is
10th Jun '18 8:17:04 AM Gideoncrawle
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* BarefootLoon[=/=]DoesNotLikeShoes: Mad Margaret is often played this way.

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* BarefootLoon[=/=]DoesNotLikeShoes: BarefootLoon: Mad Margaret is costumed and made up as a caricature of theatrical madness in the first act, and this often played this way.includes barefootedness.



* CloudCuckooLander: Mad Margaret

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* CloudCuckooLander: Mad MargaretMargaret is a pitiable madwoman in the first act, with her madness implied to stem from lost love.
24th Feb '18 12:13:45 PM ManicDepressiveMouse
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* MilesGloriosus: Richard's song "I shipped, d'ye see," tells how his ship bravely turned tail and ran away from a French frigate, because, uh, they didn't want to hurt the poor helpless Frenchmen, that was it. Amusingly, a lot of people [[PoesLaw missed that it was a satire]].

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* MilesGloriosus: Richard's song "I shipped, d'ye see," tells how his ship bravely turned prepared to attack a French merchant ship, only to turn tail and ran away from when it turned out to be a French frigate, frigate and fired at them, because, uh, they didn't want to hurt the poor helpless Frenchmen, that was it. Amusingly, a lot of people [[PoesLaw missed that it was a satire]].
29th Sep '17 5:29:46 PM RaineyH
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* DamnedByFaintPraise: Used by Robin to reveal Richard's bad character to Rose.

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* DamnedByFaintPraise: Used [[WithFriendsLikeThese by Robin Robin]] to reveal Richard's bad character to Rose.



* NamesToTrustImmediately: Adam Goodheart (subtly subverted, in that in Victorian British English, "Adam" was accented on the second syllable), Sir Richard Dauntless (subverted in that he's actually a cowardly knave), Rose Maybud, and presumably the PosthumousCharacter Stephen Trusty (Dame Hannah's father).

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* NamesToTrustImmediately: Adam Goodheart (subtly subverted, in that in Victorian British English, "Adam" was accented on the second syllable), Sir Richard Dauntless (subverted in that he's actually a cowardly knave), [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Rose Maybud, Maybud]], and presumably the PosthumousCharacter Stephen Trusty (Dame Hannah's father).



* PokeThePoodle: The crimes of Sir Ruthven (except, of course, when he shot a fox[[note]]Shooting a fox was considered unsportsmanlike among Victorian gentry. The preferred method of disposal was by a team of hounds[[/note]]. Oh, horror!).

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* PokeThePoodle: The crimes of Sir Ruthven (except, of course, when he shot a fox[[note]]Shooting a fox was considered unsportsmanlike among Victorian gentry. [[ValuesDissonance The preferred method of disposal disposal]] was [[CruelAndUnusualDeath by a team of hounds[[/note]].hounds]][[/note]]. Oh, horror!).
25th Mar '17 8:04:20 AM erforce
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An AnimatedAdaptation of the opera by British animation company Halas and Batchelor appeared in 1966. There have been three Live Action Television adaptations, in 1972, 1982, and 2005; the 1982 version featured VincentPrice as Sir Despard. ''Ruddigore'' is also the focus of the Literature/PhryneFisher novel ''Ruddy Gore''.

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An AnimatedAdaptation of the opera by British animation company Halas and Batchelor appeared in 1966. There have been three Live Action Television adaptations, in 1972, 1982, and 2005; the 1982 version featured VincentPrice Creator/VincentPrice as Sir Despard. ''Ruddigore'' is also the focus of the Literature/PhryneFisher ''Literature/PhryneFisher'' novel ''Ruddy Gore''.
7th Dec '16 2:35:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* ShoutOut ShoutOut/ToShakespeare: Robin quotes "Alas, poor ghost!" Also, his faithful servant Adam is named after a similar character in ''AsYouLikeIt''.

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* ShoutOut ShoutOut/ToShakespeare: Robin quotes "Alas, poor ghost!" Also, his faithful servant Adam is named after a similar character in ''AsYouLikeIt''.''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt''.
4th Dec '16 2:08:16 AM Xtifr
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'''''Ruddigore, [[EitherOrTitle or]] The Witch's Curse''''', described by its author as "An Entirely Original Supernatural Opera in Two Acts," was the 10th of the "Savoy operas" produced by Creator/GilbertAndSullivan. ''Ruddigore'' is a parody of the so-called "Transpontine[[labelnote:Latin]]''trans pontem,'' "across the bridge"[[/labelnote]] melodramas" of the early 19th century[[note]]such as ''East Lynne, or The Earl's Daughter''; ''Maria Marten, or The Murder in the The Red Barn''; ''The Face At The Window''; ''Sweeny Todd, or The Demon Barber of Fleet Street''; and ''Crimes At The Dark House''[[/note]], which were performed at theatres south of the Thames -- including their [[PurpleProse high-flown]] and [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe archaic]] language, the extravagances of their plots, and their recurring StockCharacters: [[TheIngenue the innocent orphaned Village Maiden]], the poor-but-honest Yeoman Hero, the [[DastardlyWhiplash sneering, snarling]] [[AristocratsAreEvil Bad Baronet]], the Honest Sailor, the [[OldRetainer Good Old Servant]], the Fallen Woman Driven Mad By A Dark Secret, and, of course, the [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghost]] -- in this case, a whole [[SpookyPainting Gallery]] of Ghosts.

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'''''Ruddigore, ''Ruddigore, [[EitherOrTitle or]] The Witch's Curse''''', Curse'', described by its author as "An Entirely Original Supernatural Opera in Two Acts," was the 10th of the "Savoy operas" produced by Creator/GilbertAndSullivan. ''Ruddigore'' is a parody of the so-called "Transpontine[[labelnote:Latin]]''trans pontem,'' "across the bridge"[[/labelnote]] melodramas" of the early 19th century[[note]]such as ''East Lynne, or The Earl's Daughter''; ''Maria Marten, or The Murder in the The Red Barn''; ''The Face At The Window''; ''Sweeny Todd, or The Demon Barber of Fleet Street''; and ''Crimes At The Dark House''[[/note]], which were performed at theatres south of the Thames -- including their [[PurpleProse high-flown]] and [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe archaic]] language, the extravagances of their plots, and their recurring StockCharacters: [[TheIngenue the innocent orphaned Village Maiden]], the poor-but-honest Yeoman Hero, the [[DastardlyWhiplash sneering, snarling]] [[AristocratsAreEvil Bad Baronet]], the Honest Sailor, the [[OldRetainer Good Old Servant]], the Fallen Woman Driven Mad By A Dark Secret, and, of course, the [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghost]] -- in this case, a whole [[SpookyPainting Gallery]] of Ghosts.
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