Swansea International Festival

Uplands Arts presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe

Wednesday 26 – Saturday 29 September

Taliesin Arts Centre

Following last year’s highly popular The Sorcerer, Swansea’s own Uplands Arts return with Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe – a riotous night of music, song and political shenanigans.

Strephon, the half-fairy, half-mortal son of Iolanthe, is madly in love with Phyllis, ward of the Lord Chancellor. Strephon’s not the only one determined to marry Phyllis though – it seems the entire House of Lords is after her hand! Newly pardoned 25 years after breaking fairy law, Iolanthe calls on the help of the Fairy Queen and her fairy sisters to help ensure the right guy gets the girl – with havoc ensuing in both Houses of Parliament as a result!

With Gilbert poking fun at the political and legal establishment of the day, Sullivan providing some of his most delightful music, and humour that continues to echo in today’s political arena, Iolanthe has lost none of its appeal since it was first performed in 1882.


Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe