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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.


33 St Martin's Lane





2hrs 45mins

Good To Know

Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage.

No food or drink purchased off-site including alcohol, soft drinks and water are permitted inside the theatre.

How Does It Work

You will receive a voucher after purchase - please print and present on arrival.

Performance Times

13 Feb - 07 Apr 2018

London Coliseum

33 St Martin's Lane




Latest customer reviews

  • Dreadful betrayal of G & S

    13 April 2018

    Contempt for W S Gilbert's libretto. Extraneous "comic" business interrupting lyrical Sullivan compositions. Distracting props. Presumably because Cal Mcrystal didn't trust the excellent material he was entrusted with? Orchestra excellent, ditto conducting. Singing high standard as always. All ruined by the ego of the director.

    Iain Mitchell Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • View from an old Thespian

    11 April 2018

    I thoroughly enjoyed the performance of Iolanthe. I laughed a lot. Thought the orchestra were wonderful. Loved the costumes and left the theatre smiling. Give it a go!

    Jane Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Iolanthe - Last Matinee

    11 April 2018

    What a perfromance, everythng you could wish for from a G&S performance including flying faries and a steam engine on stage. The cast were most impressive and Yvonne Howard as the Queen of the Faries just brought that extra magic to a remarkable show.

    Joe Clogg Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Iolanthe

    9 April 2018

    A wonderful production. Great singing and scenery and a terrific Gilbert and Sullivan evening. Please do more of these, more often.

    patsy Confirmed ticket purchaser