Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

Thu - Fri, Apr 16 - 17 @ 8 pm

CONCERT HALL

Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

Thu - Fri, Apr 16 - 17 @ 8 pm

CONCERT HALL


ARTWORK BY SUE OVERTON

Brimming with a lush score, compelling plot and brilliant wit, the hilarious and satirical operetta Iolanthe is a send up to Gilbert and Sullivan’s topsy-turvy world of misalliances, contradictions, and English political peculiarities. Iolanthe has been banished from fairyland because she married a mortal. Her son Strephon, a half-fairy shepherd, and the maiden Phyllis wish to marry, but she is a ward of court and requires the Lord Chancellor’s permission. The Lord Chancellor, however, wants her for himself, as does the entire House of Lords. Tensions mount as the fairies festoon the halls of Westminster battling against the Lords, while the Fairy Queen swoons for a grenadier guard. Passions are ignited, lovers are thwarted and then reunited, and in true G&S style, irreconcilable differences vanish with a pencil stroke and the wave of the Fairy Queen’s magic wand.


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