ran at Rugby Theatre, 15th-19th February 2011
Producer: Judi Walton
Musical Director: David King
Poster for 2011 show, Iolanthe
The show opens with the revelation that the fairy Iolanthe was banished from fairyland years ago for marrying a mortal human, with whom she has a son, Strephon. Strephon is in love with the beautiful Phyllis but they are forbidden from marrying by Phyllis’s guardian, the Lord Chancellor, who wants to marry Phyllis himself (and he’s not the only Lord who feels that way).
Iolanthe (restored from her banishment still looking only seventeen years old) tries to help her son, but Phyllis thinks that Iolanthe is a rival for Strephon’s love. Heartbroken, Phyllis agrees to marry one or other of the Peers (she doesn’t care which).
Iolanthe reveals herself to her mortal husband (the Lord Chancellor)to plead Strephon’s case, the young lovers are reunited and all of the Fairies marry members of the House of Lords. A quick re-write of Fairy law saves the Queen from having to banish them all for loving mortals and the whole throng fly away to Fairy land