VenueLondon Coliseum
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From13th February 2018
To7th April 2018
WhenFeb 13,17,21,23,28, Mar 9,23,27, Apr 7 at 19:30. Feb 17,24, Apr 7 Mats 14:30. Mar 3,17 at 18:30
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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.
Music A Sullivan
Lyrics W S Gilbert

Archive :: production:T993975072, opera or operetta:S1966, venue:V376

Production details

Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage


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)
Performer Samantha Price (Iolanthe)
Performer Ellie Laugharne (Phyllis)
Performer Yvonne Howard (Queen of the Fairies)
Performer Marcus Farnsworth (Strephon)
Performer Andrew Shore (The Lord Chancellor)
Performer Ben McAteer (Earl of Mountararat)
Performer Ben Johnson (Earl Tolloller)
Performer Barnaby Rea (Private Willis)
Performer Llio Evans (Celia)
Performer Joanne Appleby (Leila)

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