The singing and playing were excellentSir Arthur Sullivan, Society Magazine
Enjoy a Gilbert and Sullivan classic performed at the highest level, featuring the much-loved music and witty lyrics for which G&S are so famous, including Loudly Let The Trumpet Bray, When All Night Long A Chap Remains and the brilliant Nightmare Song.
This hugely enjoyable ‘fairy opera’ lampoons the House of Lords as a bastion of ineffective and privileged dim-wits who find themselves at war with the fairies – who send Strephon, a half-mortal, half (from the waist up) fairy to Parliament with the power to pass any bill he pleases. Meanwhile, almost all the peers are in love with the Lord Chancellor’s beautiful ward Phyllis, who wants to marry Strephon: until she sees him embracing another young woman… Luckily this turns out to be Strephon’s own mother, Iolanthe, who – being a fairy and thus immortal – never grows old. Complications and misunderstandings multiply until, by a legal sleight of hand, all ends happily.
Tarantara Productions returns with an outstanding team of soloists and a chorus of comic Peers and Peris, joined by a full, on-stage orchestra of 26, conducted by Martin Handley, in a treat of an operetta which will be adored by Gilbert and Sullivan aficionados and newcomers alike.