Peterborough Gilbert and Sullivan Players to perform ‘Iolanthe’ at Key Theatre, Peterborough

Fairy Queen and Lord Chancellor in 'Iolanthe'.

Fairy Queen and Lord Chancellor in 'Iolanthe'. - Credit: Archant

The Peterborough Gilbert and Sullivan Players are to perform ‘Iolanthe’ at the Key Theatre, Peterborough later this month.

The Fairies

The Fairies - Credit: Archant

“In ‘Iolanthe’, the Players take a dig at ineffectual political rivalries with this satirical story about what happens when a band of fairies take over Parliament,” says marketing coordinator Bernie McDonnell.

“It features the tongue-twisting tour de force ‘Nightmare Song’, a pompous, dim-witted ruling elite, and a leading man whose half a fairy – from the waist up.

“As always, Gilbert’s satire is delivered with such elegant absurdity that all you can do is laugh at how the more things change, the more they remain the same.

“The sounds of a full orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists bring Sullivan’s masterpiece to life, whilst Gilbert’s humour is as relevant today as it was when it was written.”

The Lords and Phyllis.

The Lords and Phyllis. - Credit: Archant

Visit the Key Theatre, Peterborough between September 21 and 24 and hear the rousing ‘Peers’ Chorus’, the beautiful ‘None Shall Part Us’ and the classic ‘Sentry’s Song’ along with many other familiar melodies.

For more information email call 07708 4651411 or 01733 267578 or visit

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Well known local lady Eunice Crisp and Peterborough Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ own “Queen” this year celebrates her 90th Birthday - along with the Monarch.

To make the occasion more special, this year also sees the 50th anniversary of Eunice playing The Fairy Queen in the Players’ 1966 production of ‘Iolanthe’.

In 2016 the Players are supporting Anna’s Hope, the leading children’s brain tumour charity in the East of England since 2006.

Anna was very fond of fairies and the charity logo was designed from an image doodled by Anna’s sister, Sara.

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