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Picnic & open air event: IOLANTHE by Gilbert & Sullivan
22nd August 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Gilbert and Sullivan’s most magical comic opera is about Iolanthe, a fairy, who falls in love with a mortal. The opera is set half in Fairyland and half in Westminster, although both places seem to be full of the same bumbling Lords. Its hilarious and surprisingly topical satire pokes fun at love,class and politics; and many believe its sumptuous harmonies to be the most beautiful Sullivan wrote.
It gets the complete Illyria treatment, faithfully performed by a reduced cast and accompanied by a Musical Director on keyboard. Despite the reduction in scale not a single word from WS Gilbert’s libretto is cut, nor a single note or harmony from Sir Arthur Sullivan’s score unsung.