It is, without doubt, a world of gleaming fantasy – a delight where the lines between the fairy realm and parliamentary world whimsically blur. The play’s essence, the oft-turbulent love tale of Phyllis and Strephon, is perfectly underscored by the politics of love, jealousy, and, indeed, Parliament itself. The tale of young love thwarted by the very man who desires Phyllis, the Lord Chancellor, is as enchanting as ever. The subtle jibes at notable Victorian figures provide a gentle historical rib-tickle, ensuring the operetta remains as relevant today as it was during its first performance.
Cast & Creatives
A Timeless Dance of Satire and Fantasy
The London Coliseum’s rendition of Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Iolanthe’ seamlessly marries classic with contemporary, enveloping the audience in a world of whimsy, politics, and enchanting melodies. With nods to both Victorian figures and modern-day politics, this operetta proves its timeless relevance, all while delighting with audacious fairies, poignant ballads, and splendid choreography. An enchanting escape not to be missed.