19:45, Mon 9th – Sat 14th February 2009 at Cambridge Arts Theatre
14:30, Thu 12th February 2009 at Cambridge Arts Theatre
14:30, Sat 14th February 2009 at Cambridge Arts Theatre
Lent Week 4
Iolanthe, a fairy, was banished from fairy land for breaking one of their cardinal rules - she married a mortal. Twenty-five years later, she is pardoned by the Fairy Queen, and reveals that she has a child. Her son, Strephon, is a fairy down to the waist, and is in love with Phyllis, a beautiful ward in Chancery. The course of true love never did run smooth, however, and Strephon has to compete with half the House of Lords and the Lord Chancellor himself for Phyllis' hand. All hell breaks loose when the fairies and peers clash, and the Fairy Queen decides to send Strephon to parliament...
With some of the pair's wittiest dialogue and most famous music, including 'The March of the Peers', the Lord Chancellor's 'Nightmare Song', Iolanthe's beautiful aria 'He Loves' and the stunning Act One finale, 'Iolanthe' is one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most-loved operas, and we are giving you the opportunity to help bring it to life on the Arts Theatre stage.