Year: 1987

Start Date: 6th October

End Date: 10th October

Production Company: Chesterfield Gilbert and Sullivan Society

Author: W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

Director: Jean Gemmell


Lawrence Crick, Mike Spriggs, Brian Key, Reg Fielding, Doug Melloy, June Geeves, Brenda Morton, Isobel Bennett, Jackie Boot, Jennifer Graham, Dawn Hewitt and members of chorus and orchestra

Background to Production:

Iolanthe opened at the Savoy Theatre, London on November 25th 1882, eighteen months before Princess Ida and eighteen months after Patience. It was the first opera to be premiered in Britian and America on the same night - thus securing the composers' copywright.

Items of Interest in the Programme:

The programme goes on to say that the score has an interesting musical device called a "leitmotiv." This device can be found extensively in the operas of Wagner. In Iolanthe it is found in the them for the Lord Chancellor. Even the overture of Iolanthe is not without it's own distinctive features. Firstly, unlike the overtures of most of the other operas this one is Sullivan's own work and not that of one of his assistants.

Other items / issues of interest:

On a point of interest for the Society it is was this opera which gave us our only national television appearance (so far!). In 1984 we sang two extracts for the BBC new programme "60 minutes" during the Chesterfield By-Election, and several of us were interviewed by Vincent Hanna,