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The peers are getting restless and the fairies are in a frenzy. Can the Fairy Queen call Parliament to order? See this Gilbert & Sullivan classic with cheap Iolanthe tickets at lastminute.com.
Iolanthe the opera is a brilliantly funny, satirical fantasy, revealing a typically Gilbert & Sullivan topsy-turvy worldview. Phyllis and Strephon wish to marry, but as Phyllis is a ward of court she requires the Lord Chancellor’s permission. The Lord Chancellor, however, wants her for himself.
Matched by Sullivan’s ever-melodious score, Gilbert not only targets peers of the realm, but also offers thinly disguised portraits of Queen Victoria, John Brown (her personal servant and ‘close companion’), Lord Randolph Churchill (reformist Tory) and William Gladstone (Liberal PM of the day).
Cal McCrystal (One Man, Two Guvnors) directs a production that embraces the chaotic physical comedy and irreverence that are his hallmarks. Outstanding young mezzo-soprano and ENO Harewood Artist Samantha Price leads the Iolanthe cast which includes Andrew Shore as the Lord Chancellor, Yvonne Howard as Queen of the Fairies, Ellie Laugharne as Phyllis, Marcus Farnsworth as Strephon, Ben McAteer as the Earl of Mountararat, Ben Johnson as Earl Tolloller, Barnaby Rea as Private Willis, Llio Evans as Celia, and Joanne Appleby as Leila.
Gilbert & Sullivan had a successful writing partnership during the Victorian era, and were well-known for their comic operas. Gilbert’s clever lyrics and Sullivan’s catchy compositions led to famous works such as H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado. Written in 1882, Iolanthe reviews praised the production. The Daily Telegraph wrote, ‘The composer has risen to his opportunity, and we are disposed to account Iolanthe his best effort in all the Gilbertian series’. Don’t miss the chance to see this iconic opera with tickets for Iolanthe at lastminute.com.
You can see Iolanthe at the London Coliseum in St. Martin's Lane. The venue opened in 1904 and was the first theatre in Europe to have lifts to the upper levels and the first in England to have a triple revolving stage. It was also the first theatre with electric lighting and features the widest proscenium arch in London. The stylish venue still has many of its original features and was awarded Grade II listing by English Heritage in September 1960.
The show’s full running time is two hours and 45 minutes.
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Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage.
Not suitable for children under the age of 5 years.