See IOLANTHE the brilliantly funny, satirical fantasy at the London Coliseum in October 2023!

It’s a topsy-turvy worldview, typical of Gilbert & Sullivan, in which life in the fairy world and Parliament is reversed.

Sullivan’s ever-melodious score matches Gilbert’s libretto in satirising the vanities and egos of the the peers of the realm. And, just for good measure, IOLANTHE targets the celebrity culture of the day. There are thinly disguised portraits of the good and the great of late Victorian society. There are side swipes at Queen Victoria, John Brown (her personal servant and ‘close companion’), Lord Randolph Churchill (reformist Tory) and William Gladstone (the serving Liberal PM).

Cal McCrystal returns to direct this successful production. Bringing his characteristic joyfully chaotic physical comedy, irreverence and brilliant wordplay. Outstanding former ENO Harewood Artist Samantha Price leads a cast of ENO favourites, including baritone Marcus Farnsworth as Strephon.

Book Gilbert & Sullivan‘s IOLANTHE opera tickets for ‘a glorious night of mayhem, madness and misunderstandings’ (What’s on Stage) with LOVEtheatre today!

What is Iolanthe about?

Phyllis and Strephon (half man, half-fairy) 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.

Ticket Information

Tickets on sale now for performances from 5 Oct – 25 Oct 2023

Running Time

2hrs 50 minutes including one interval

Cast & Creatives

Cal McCrystal (Director), W. S. Gilbert (Lyrics), Arthur Sullivan (Score)

Samantha Price (Iolanthe), Marcus Farnsworth (Strephon)

Booking Period

Thu 5 Oct - Wed 25 Oct 2023

Weekly Performances

Tuesday 7:00PM
Wednesday 7:00PM
Thursday 7:00PM
Friday 7:00PM
Saturday 2:00PM, 7:00PM

For group bookings of 10 or more:
Submit a request online

Or call 020 7206 1176

Venue Information

London Coliseum

St Martin's Ln, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4ES

Get Directions

Nearest Tube/Rail Station

Leicester Square or Charing Cross


3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 88, 91, 94, 139, 159, 176, 453

Nearest Car Parks

Trafalgar Square, Whitcomb Street and Bedfordbury.


Daily Express

'This is truly a bring-the-whole-family Iolanthe for the 21st century. I loved it'

The Arts Desk

'If you're not crying with laughter midway through the second act, visit your GP'

The Financial Times

'an all-round, knockout success'

Daily Mail

'An evening of unending hilarity'

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