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 stage


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(s): Timothy Henty (not Feb18 24/Mar18 9), Chris Hopkins (Feb18 24/Mar18 9)
Director(s): Cal McCrystal, Lizzi Gee (movement director)
Design: Paul Brown
Lighting: Tim Mitchell
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Iolanthe (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T993975072. Details of all Iolanthe archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1966

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