Events Diary

Did You Know?

  • This was the Society's 73rd Gilbert & Sullivan production and the eigth time for "Iolanthe".

    The production was followed, just one week later, by the Coronation of King Charles III and was dedicated to him.

  • Take a look at our previous productions of "Iolanthe".

    2023 2011 2001 1992 1983 1972 1960 1950.

  • As our President noted in the programme, the production was felt to be particularly appropriate, poking fun at the goings on in Parliament and specifically what happens "when women interfere in politics".
  • The Society first performed "Iolanthe" in 1950. Tickets for that production ranged from 2 / 6 (that's 2 shillings and sixpence or 12 1/2p in todays money) to 3/- (as in 3 shillings or 15p). Tickets for the 2023 production were £13.50.
Iolanthe 2023 Programme

Producer/Director : David Hall
Musical Director : Richard Buxton


The Lord Chancellor: Malcolm Parkinson
Earl of Mountararat: David Parker
Earl Tolloller: Edwin Kirkwood
Private Willis:
(of the Grenadier Guards)
Simon Bray
(an Arcadian Sheperd):
Oliver McGreevy
Queen of the Fairies : Stephanie Roe
(a Fairy, Strephon's Mother)
Fay Church
-- Fairies --
Celia : Kathryn Buxton&
Carol Parkinson
Leila: Marilyn Cooper
Fleta: Debbie Moores
(An Arcadian Shepherdess & Ward of Chancery)
Heather Watson
Chorus of Dukes, Marquises, Earls, Viscounts, Barons and Fairies:
Marquess of Largesse - Simon Bray Fairy Cakes - Lyndsey Hall
Lord Egree - Louise Fung Fairy Bramblewheels - Tracey Hook
Count de Monay- Richard Grigg Fairy Nuff - Philippa Johnstone
Earl Seaton - Philip Haley Fairy Bluebell - Caroline Ledgspan
Duke a l'Orange - David Hall Fairy Flutterby - Tanya Parsons
Lord Knows-Watt - Tony Johnson Fairy Conomy - Melanie Stephen
Lord Elpus - Steve Mohun Fairy Liquid - Amanda Storey
Baron Hardup - Robert Thurman
"Iolanthe" in pictures