Iolanthe 2017 - GSOV Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria

Iolanthe - presented by GSOV

A spellbinding musical fantasy, Iolanthe is Gilbert & Sullivan at their sublime and satirical best, don't miss this fable of fairies versus mortals.

5th - 7th May 2017
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre

Beloved and beautiful, immortal Iolanthe has broken one of her fairy kingdom's biggest rules – she fell in love with a human and was banished for marrying a mortal.

Now twenty-five years later, these two worlds will collide as her son, Strephon (half fairy from the waist up, and mortal from the waist down), has rapturous plans to wed pretty Phyllis, a sweet voiced shepherdess and ward of the Lord Chancellor. Unfortunately, Strephon has a lot of competition from just about every peer in the House of Lords, including the Lord Chancellor himself!

With class complications, mistaken identities, and not a little bit of supernatural shenanigans, will true love be enough to win out when party political lines are drawn?

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"The conflict of fairies, mortals, love, law, and politics is a brilliant comedy with what would have originally been a biting edge of satire. If you have never seen a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, this is an excellent start – you would be hard put to better it."
The Reviews Hub

"Iolanthe with its magic effects, fairies and occasionally lullaby or nursery song-like tunes, may be amongst the best introductions of opera to children."

With the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria Orchestra

4 Performances
Running time approx 2hrs 30mins

Friday 5th May 8:00pm
Saturday 6th May 2:00pm
Saturday 6th May 8:00pm
Sunday 7th May 3:00pm

Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre

Cnr Bell Street & St Georges Road,
Preston VIC 3072
Box Office: (03) 8470 8282


Adult: $39
Concession: $33
Student: $25
Child (Under 16): $20
Group 10+ $32
Matinee: One free child when accompanied by full price adult

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Can't make it to Darebin?
See Iolanthe at the Bunyip Hall 29th April.


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GSOV Iolanthe 2017 - Free Matinee Event for Children

Free Matinee Event for Children

Dress up as a Fairy, Lord or a Royal Guardsman and meet a GSOV fairy live and in person at our matinee shows! With balloon animals and a colouring-in competition too! Terrific prizes for the best dressed and the best picture, sponsored by Fairy Dance.

One Free child ticket when accompanied by a full price adult ticket

Download your Iolanthe Fairy colouring sheet

GSOV Iolanthe 2017 - Colouring Sheet

Fairies descend upon Parliament House

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Direction & Cast We have recruited a stellar cast of young, talented individuals, combined with several seasoned performers.

Director: Diana Burleigh
Musical Director: Greg Hannan

Lord Chancellor: Ron Pidcock OAM
Lord Mountararat: Alfred Anderson
Lord Tolloller: Darren Rosenfeld
Private Willis: Robin Halls
Strephon: Andrew McGrail
Fairy Queen: Alexandra Amerides
Iolanthe: Nadia Migliardi
Celia: Stephanie Morgan
Leila: Rebecca Kmit
Fleta: Elizabeth Rusli
Phyllis: Phoebe Deklerk

Chorus of Fairies: Judith Clark, Judy Hall, Gemma Hannan, Robyn Hannan, Joy Lukman, Susan Marshall, Mhairi Riddet, Kerrie Robbins, Heather Walters.

Chorus of Peers: Derek Butler, Michael Hammelmann, Ben Klein, Ken Knight, Liam Marziano, Chris McInnis, Lou Monteret, Peter Spowart.

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GSOV is the performing arm of The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria which has been delighting audiences with its productions for over 80 years. One of the longest running theatrical organisations in Australia, it has been hailed as one of our country’s leading light opera companies. GSOV performs not only in Melbourne and regional Victoria, but has also won awards on the international stage at the premier Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in the United Kingdom.

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