16th - 17th & 22nd - 24th November 2018

The Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham

By Gilbert & Sullivan

Stage Director:
Diana Dodd

Musical Director:
     David Manifold


Iolanthe is a brilliantly funny, satirical fantasy, revealing a typically Gilbert & Sullivan topsy-turvy worldview. Based on W.S. Gilbert´s Bab Ballard, ‘The Fairy Curate’, Iolanthe is set 25 years after fairy Iolanthe committed the ultimate crime: marrying a mortal. Pardoned for her crime she begs the Fairy Queen to help her half-human, half-fairy son Strephon, to marry his beloved Phyllis. Unfortunately the evil Lord Chancellor wants Phyllis for himself, so naturally the fairies invade parliament so the boy can win the girl (and have a lot of fun with a few Peers).

Iolanthe is one of librettist W.S Gilbert and composer Sir Arthur Sullivan´s many comic operas. The Victorian duo were brought together in 1875 by theatre manager Richard D´Oyly Carte, whose Savoy Theatre was established as a showcase for their works. Gilbert and Sullivan are perhaps best known for their operetta´s, The Pirates of Penzance (1879) and The Mikado (1885).


Due to a scheduling conflict we are re-auditioning for the part of Phyllis.
Phyllis, lyric soprano (A-a') - An Arcadian shepherdess and Ward in Chancery. A pretty, coquettish character who bedazzles the men. She has a clear, flute-like voice; naturally temperamental and delicately determined.

We will be holding open auditions for the part on Thursday 19th July at the end of the rehearsal at The Richard Pate School in Leckhampton. You are also welcome to come along to the first rehearsal on Tuesday 17th July (also at The Richard Pate School in Leckhampton) to speak with the Directors and go through the music. Please find audition pieces below.


Phyllis No. 5 - None shall part us
Finale act 1
Dialogue - Strephon/Phyllis
Strephon's a Member of Parliament  

Click here for character sketch plus music and dialogue audition information.


Cast List

Lord Chancellor - Tony Jones
Earl Tolloller - Mike Ferris
Earl Mountararat - Simon Lewis
Strephon - Samuel Taunton
Private Willis - Brian Crosby
Phyllis - To Be Cast
Fairy Queen - Bronwen Carless
Iolanthe - Sarah Thompson
Celia - Fiona Gordon-Smith
Leila - Penny Lewis
Fleta - Sheila Ham
Tinkerbell - Macie Timms

Chorus of Fairies:

Jeanie Flint
Molly Masters
Maggie Preston
Jo Scriven

Chorus of Peers

Brian Crosby
Alan Flint
Richard Schofield


Click here for full libretto.

Click here for full vocal score.




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