Iolanthe

The peers are getting restless and the fairies are in a frenzy. Can the Fairy Queen call Parliament to order?

Iolanthe 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 a cast of ENO favourites, including Andrew Shore as the Lord Chancellor.

Watch our introduction to Iolanthe.

‘If you're not crying with laughter, visit your GP’

The Arts Desk

‘A grand and gorgeous extravaganza’

The Telegraph

‘An all-round, knockout success’

Financial Times

Running Time
2hrs 50mins

Tickets available from £12 plus booking fee.* There are 500 tickets at every performance at £20 or under.

Pre performance talk
24 Feb 2018
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
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Signed Performance
21 Feb 2018
Language
Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage

*ENO charges a £1.50 booking fee per ticket, or a maximum of £6 per transaction.

For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or box.office@eno.org

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