The “masters of G&S in small spaces” Charles Court Opera, present an enchanting – and timely – new production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s sharp satire of power, privilege and parliamentary democracy. This witty and magical operetta tells a tale of forbidden love causing an absurdist fusion of two worlds – the magical fairies of Fairyland and a bamboozled House of Peers.
This new production promises to be one of the company’s finest to date, with a cast of regular artists directed by John Savournin, who recently directly Trial by Jury for Opera North, and will shortly direct The Pirates of Penzance for CCO in collaboration with Opera Holland Park. With some of Sullivan’s most beautiful and heroic music brought to life by musical director David Eaton, Iolanthe promises to be an evening of first-class entertainment and riotous fun. It is one of the most sophisticated, yet uproarious, of the Savoy Operas.
Charles Court Opera has been described as one of the leading and most versatile chamber opera and music theatre companies in the UK. They are one of the champions of the current reinvigoration of Gilbert and Sullivan and are committed to devising new work, particularly known for their legendary “Boutique Pantos”, presented in London every Christmas. They have performed across the UK in venues ranging from pub theatres to concert halls, and have toured to Spain, the US, Ireland and France, and are the current visiting company at the Iford Arts Festival and an associate company of The King’s Head Theatre, London.
Over 14 years CCO have presented a wide range of repertoire including Patience, Ruddigore, The Mikado, H.M.S Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, one act operettas by Sullivan without Gilbert, including their notorious productions of The Zoo and Trial by Jury, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Puccini’s La Bohème and Tosca, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Impresario, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri, and an evening of the Avant Garde including music by Ligeti, Maxwell Davies and Schoenberg, linked to a composition education project supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and RC Sherriff Trust. CCO recently returned to the King’s Head Theatre to present new productions of The Mikado & H.M.S Pinafore.
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