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).

If you would like to be in our next production please come along to auditions at Shurdington School on Sunday 1st July (see times below) with rehearsals starting on Tuesday 17th July.

12.00pm Lord Chancellor
Earl Mountararat
Earl Tolloller
1.15pm Private Willis
1.30pm Strephon
2.00pm Chorus
2.30pm Iolanthe
2.45pm Celia
Fairy Queen

Everyone will be expected to sing the chorus audition piece whether auditioning for chorus or a principal part.

Please be prepared to wait around. Apologies in advance for any delays.

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

Audition Pieces

Phyllis No. 5 - None shall part us
Finale act 1
Dialogue - Strephon/Phyllis
Strephon No. 5 - None shall part us
Finale act 1
Dialogue - Strephon/Phyllis
Iolanthe My Lord, a suppliant
Lord Chancellor Love unrequited
Dialogue - Lord Chancellor/Mountararat/Tolloller
Dialogue - Lord Chancellor
Fairy Queen Oh foolish Fay
Dialogue - All Fairies
Tolloller Spurn not the nobly born
Dialogue - Tolloller/Lord Chancellor/Mountararat
Dialogue - Tolloller/Mountararat
Mountararat When Britain really ruled the waves
Dialogue - Mountararat/Lord Chancellor/Tolloller
Dialogue - Mountararat/Tolloller
Willis When all night long
Celia Tripping Hither, Tripping Thither
Dialogue - All-Fairies
Leila Tripping Hither, Tripping Thither
Dialogue - All Fairies
Fleta Strephon's a Member of Parliament
Dialogue - All Fairies
Chorus Strephon's a Member of Parliament


Click here for full libretto.

Click here for full vocal score.




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