Durham Opera Ensemble returns to present Gilbert and Sullivan's classic comic opera, Iolanthe. Come and see some of Durham's finest singers with a live orchestral at The Cockpit this August for for what promises to be a great show!
Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera Iolanthe follows Twenty-five years after Iolanthe's banishment from Fairyland for marrying a mortal, a crime usually punishable by death. Although pardoned, Iolanthe had a son by the illicit marriage.
Her son, Strephon, is therefore half mortal and half fairy! Strephon seeks to marry the Lord Chancellor's ward, Phyllis. Upon their marriage being rejected by the peers, the fairies reap their revenge by magically making Strephon an MP with the ability to pass any bill.