The Sorcerer, about a respectable English shopkeeper who just happens to sell authentic sorcery products, touches on Gilbert's favorite theme of class distinction and calls for the audience pleasing device of magical theatrical illusions. Sullivan's underrated score contains lilting melody, glorious harmony, and just the right touch of pastoral sentiment to convey the essence of Gilbert's light hearted satire. In a quaint English village, a young military officer, Alexis, decides to purchase a love potion from the respectable sorcery peddler in order to distribute it to the entire populace of the town. Of course, this potion is compounded on the strictest of moral principles so as to have no effect on married persons. Once everyone has partaken of the potion all sorts of mismatches occur, including Alexis' noble father with a common pew opener, a noble lady with the sorcerer himself, and eventually Alexis' own fiancee with the lovable village vicar. Even the well meaning, but misguided, Alexis is unhappy with this situation, so the sorcerer agrees to forfeit his own life to set things back the way they were - disappearing magically as part of his sacrifice to the delight of all.