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Iolanthe by Gilbert & Sullivan On Tour

Iolanthe by Gilbert & Sullivan On Tour

When:

  • Sat 29 Jul, 4:00pm – 6:40pm

Where:

Napier Municipal Theatre, 119 Tennyson St, Napier Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

Website:

WGSLO

This sparkling new production of Iolanthe is directed by John Goddard and tours the lower North Island in June and July fully staged. As one reviewer headlined it: Iolanthe - A Spectacular Night of Fun.

The cast of 32 singers and dancers with 24 piece orchestra is conducted by Hugh McMillan; live music at its best brought to you by the producers of the 2015 Gondoliers and 2016 Merry Widow tours. Choreographer Lia Purcell returns to set the Iolanthe movement and dance sequences.

Tickets may be purchased at the theatre Box Office or online. A wide range of seating reserves, concessions and group pricing is available.

Parliament and the Judiciary are joyfully lampooned by Gilbert in this farcical Comic Opera with echoes of Yes, Prime Minister, set to Sullivan's memorable music with celebrated numbers such as the Nightmare Song.

It pokes fun at authority figures hopelessly compromised by romantic entanglement, public gaffes and the pressures of keeping up political appearances.

The Queen Boadicea monument at Westminster reflects the powers unleashed when the unwary Lord Chancellor scorns a woman whom he has mistaken for a girls’ school-ma’am together with her “brood” of charges. Parliament is turned on its head and the traditional rules, alliances and privileges are broken.

The Judiciary and the legal profession are also taken for a ride through references to less desirable practices, antiquated laws and legal and moral conflicts. Gilbert's mastery of writing for this genre provides much hilarity and telling wit.

The power of feminine appeal ultimately proves a stronger force than legal bars or affairs of state and the House of Lords succumbs in an exuberant fairy-tale ending.

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