16th - 17th & 22nd - 24th November 2018
The Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham
By Gilbert & Sullivan
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).
Lord Chancellor - Tony Jones
Chorus of Fairies:
Chorus of Peers
Click here for full libretto.
Click here for full vocal score.