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THE SAVOY OPERAS

IOLANTHE

or, THE PEER AND THE PERI

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ST DAVID’S PLAYERS

Gilbert and Sullivan Society · Exeter · Devon

Written by W S Gilbert

Composed by Arthur Sullivan

Premièred at The Savoy Theatre, London 25th November 1882 running for 398 performances.

St David’s Players’ productions: (click to expand)

A brief synopsis:

 

Twenty-five years before the setting of this opera a fairy, Iolanthe, committed the cardinal sin of marrying a mortal. However, the Queen of the Fairies takes pity on her and commuted the death sentence to one of livelong exile, on condition that Iolanthe left her husband and never saw him again. Iolanthe obeys, bringing up her half-fairy, half-mortal son in exile.

 

At the start of the opera her son has now grown up and is in
love with Phyllis, a Ward of the Court of Chancery.  However,
the Lord Chancellor has other plans for Phyllis and Strephon’s
suit is rejected.

 

The Queen of the Fairies is outraged at the Lord Chancellor’s treatment of Strephon, a half-fairy. She and her band of
fairies take revenge by sending Strephon to Parliament and
by casting a spell to make all the peers pass any bills that Strephon chooses.

 

However, the fairies have one weakness and that is that they
cannot resist men!  Soon all the fairies are risking the death penalty by falling in love and marrying mortals, Iolanthe comes out of exile to protect her son, meets her husband again and suddenly the Queen of the Fairies finds that something must be done or she will have to sentence her entire band to death for breaking the most sacred fairy law …

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