April 11th/12th/13th 2019
Iolanthe or The Peer and the Peri
The Society had been scheduled to present 'Princess Ida', one of the lesser known of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas. However, owing to a shortage of male soloists, of which a number are required, the Society has had to shelve plans for the time being. We apologise for any disappointment caused. The good news is, 'Iolanthe' has been chosen as the alternative production. 'Iolanthe' is a wonderful show, full of humour and rousing music. We are sure you will enjoy this production which is to be stage directed by John Hollands and musically directed by Pat Askew.
Strephon, an Arcadian shepherd, wants to marry Phyllis, a Ward of Chancery. Phyllis does not know that Strephon is half fairy (his upper half — his legs are mortal!) and when she sees Strephon kissing a seemingly young woman, she assumes the worst. But her "rival" turns out to be none other than Strephon's own mother, Iolanthe, a fairy — fairies, you see, never grow old.
But Phyllis' guardian, the Lord Chancellor, and half the peers in the House of Lords are sighing after her. Soon the peers and the fairies are virtually at war, and long friendships are nearly torn asunder. But all gets happily resolved, thanks to the "subtleties of the legal mind.