Maleny Singers is once again very proud to bring you its annual production, Iolanthe. An Operetta full of fun, fairies and loveable characters.
Not since its 1882 premiere has Gilbert and Sullivan’s remarkable political satire Iolanthe been as apt for the time. Don’t we just wish today for a fairy godmother to turn all our politicians into sensible human beings! This light opera has it all – romance, humour, political satire, and the memorable musical numbers that made Gilbert and Sullivan household names.
Iolanthe is a fairy who has committed a capital offense by marrying a mortal; rather than being killed, she was banished from the fairy kingdom, never to see her husband again. Twenty-five years later, at the start of the show, the fairies still miss Iolanthe deeply and convince the Fairy Queen to allow her to return. Iolanthe reveals that she bore her mortal husband a son, Strephon, who is a fairy down to the waist but has mortal legs. Strephon has fallen in love with the Lord Chancellor’s beautiful ward, Phyllis, who loves him in return but does not know of his mixed lineage.
Come along and find out who wins the hearts of who.