1992 Iolanthe

Performance dates: 
28-30 May 1992
Performance times: 
The Cordes Hall, Sunninghill

"Iolanthe" was first produced at D'Oyly Carte's Savoy Theatre in London on November 25, 1882. It was both a popular and artistic success, and has remained a favourite ever since, both on the professional and amateur stage. Gilbert's topsy-turvy plot of a fairy invasion of the Houses of Parliament is brought wonderfully to life by the sometimes haunting,

sometimes whimsical music which Sullivan supplied. At first they intended to call the work "Perola", a sort of superstition having arisen in favour of a title beginning with a P, owing to the success of "Pinafore", the "Pirates" and "Patience". Wiser counsels prevailed,

and the far prettier name of Iolanthe was chosen. It has been said that Gilbert based the central conflict between the Lord Chancellor and the Fairy Queen, on the difficult relationship betwecn Gladstonc and Queen Victoria. This mayor may not be true, but even with the cut-and-thrust nature of modern politics, "Iolanthe" remains an amusing, vivacious and timeless satire.

Cast list: 

Members of the Sunningdale Savoy Chorus

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