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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. Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stagePerformers Samantha Price (Iolanthe), Ellie Laugharne (Phyllis), Yvonne Howard (Queen of the Fairies), Marcus Farnsworth (Strephon), Andrew Shore (The Lord Chancellor), Ben McAteer (Earl of Mountararat), Ben Johnson (Earl Tolloller), Barnaby Rea (Private Willis), Llio Evans (Celia), Joanne Appleby (Leila).
Music A Sullivan. Lyrics W S Gilbert. Company English National Opera. Conductor Timothy Henty (not Feb18 24/Mar18 9). Conductor Chris Hopkins (Feb18 24/Mar18 9). Director Cal McCrystal. Design Paul Brown. Lighting Tim Mitchell. Director Lizzi Gee (movement director).
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