St Martin's Ln, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4ESVenue information
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.
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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.
Tickets on sale now for performances from 5 Oct – 25 Oct 2023
2hrs 50 minutes including one interval
Cal McCrystal (Director), W. S. Gilbert (Lyrics), Arthur Sullivan (Score)
Samantha Price (Iolanthe), Marcus Farnsworth (Strephon)
'This is truly a bring-the-whole-family Iolanthe for the 21st century. I loved it'
'If you're not crying with laughter midway through the second act, visit your GP'
'an all-round, knockout success'
'An evening of unending hilarity'
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