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A satire on the Parliament of the day (or of today!) - fantasy and fact collide in this, one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular operettas. Iolanthe, a fairy, has been banished for marrying a mortal. Her son, Strephon is in love with Phyllis a Ward of Court. The entire House of Lords has also fallen for Phyllis but she declines to marry a peer. The fairies persuade their Queen to pardon Iolanthe. She returns and is reunited with her son. The peers and Phyllis misinterpret the scene and believe that Strephon is being unfaithful. The fairies take revenge by sending Strephon to Parliament with astonishing results.


Samantha Price (Iolanthe), Ellie Laugharne (Phyllis), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Queen of the Fairies), Marcus Farnsworth (Strephon), John Savournin (Lord Chancellor), Ben McAteer (Mountaratat), Ruairi Bowen (Earl Tolloller), Keel Watson (Private Willis), Llio Evans (Celia), Bethan Langford (Leila), Petra Massey (Fleta), Adam Brown (The Page), Captain Shaw (Clive Mantle)


Music: A Sullivan
Lyrics: W S Gilbert
Company: English National Opera
Conductor: Chris Hopkins
Director: Cal McCrystal
Design: Paul Brown
Lighting: Tim Mitchell
Choreographer: Lizzi Gee


Iolanthe (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T0176185407. Details of all Iolanthe archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1966

Archive Listings

5 Oct 23
25 Oct 23
London Coliseum
West End, Greater London
Performance Details => Venue archive


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