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The English National Opera Presents Iolanthe

This October, the London Coliseum stage will come alive with Gilbert & Sullivan's production of 'Iolanthe'.

Event Info

Date & Time

October 05 - October 25

Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm


English National Opera, Saint Martin's Lane, London, UK

Tel: 020 7845 9300

Tickets & Prices

In this fantasy tale, the roles of the fairy world and Parliament are reversed.

Phyllis and Strephon (half-man, half-fairy) wish to unite their hearts in matrimony. Phyllis, as a ward of the court, requires the Lord Chancellor's permission. However, the Lord Chancellor has his eye on Phyllis and wants her for himself.

Sullivan's musical score perfectly complements Gilbert's cleverly satirical libretto, as they both poke fun at the self-importance and egos of the aristocrats. 'Iolanthe' takes a witty jab at the celebrity culture of its time, with thinly veiled depictions of some prominent figures from late Victorian society. Notably, it playfully teases Queen Victoria, her personal servant and 'close companion' John Brown, the reformist Tory Lord Randolph Churchill, and the serving Liberal Prime Minister, William Gladstone.

The English National Opera (ENO) is on a mission to make opera spectacular for everyone. They sing in English, so it's easy to understand, and they want as many people as possible to enjoy it. If you're under 21, you can get free tickets to their shows. And if you're under 35, you can still get some great discounts with tickets starting at just £10.

The ENO is all about creating unique and exciting opera experiences, and they've been doing this since 1931, back when they were called Sadler's Wells Opera.

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