Iolanthe from Charles Court Opera

London theatre news: Sunday 9 February 2020

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Charles Court Opera will present a new production of Gilbert & Sullivan's witty, satirical operetta - Iolanthe - marking 10 years at the King's Head Theatre.
Iolanthe at the King's Head Theatre

Image courtesy King's Head Theatre

Internationally-renowned chamber opera company Charles Court Opera are marking 10 years at Islington's King's Head Theatre with a new take on Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe, which runs from 12 March to 11 April 2020, with opening night on Tuesday 17 March.

Directed by John Savournin, Iolanthe follows in the company's critically-acclaimed, immensely popular productions of H.M.S. Pinafore and The Mikado and tells a tale of forbidden love causing an absurdist fusion of two worlds - the magical fairies of Fairyland and a bamboozled House of Peers.

Iolanthe features some of Arthur Sullivan's most stunning music, including 'Oh foolish fay', 'If you go in, you're sure to win' and what is popularly known as 'The Nightmare Song,' - all of which are destined to be brought to life by Musical Director David Eaton.

Formed 15 years ago, Charles Court Opera have toured Gilbert & Sullivan productions across the UK and USA to some of the most high-profile venues and arts festivals and have built a reputation as the masters of Gilbert & Sullivan in small spaces' (Camden New Journal).

In 2016, they became an Associate Company of King's Head Theatre.

Director John Savournin said ...

"I'm delighted to be working on one of my very favourite operas, in our 10th year staging Gilbert & Sullivan's operettas at the venue.

At a time when Parliament and political practices are increasingly brought into the spotlight, Iolanthe is not only fantastic, funny, and really quite moving entertainment, it's surprisingly relevant to our times, reminding us that some things never change ...!''

Show listing information


Marking 10 years of Charles Court Opera at the King's Head Theatre, the 'masters of Gilbert & Sullivan in small spaces' return with an enchanting - and timely - production of Gilbert & Sullivan's sharp satire of power, privilege and parliamentary democracy.


Simon Butteriss

Matthew Siveter

Jack Roberts

Matthew Kellett

Natalie Davies

Meriel Cunningham

Catrine Kirkman

Jennie Jacobs

Llio Daniels


Author: Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Director: John Savournin
Designer: Rachel Szmukler
Musical direction: David Eaton
Choreography: Jo Meredith
Lighting: Claire Childs
Production: Charles Court Opera


King's Head Theatre
115 Upper Street
N1 1QN


From: Thursday 12 March 2020

Closes: Saturday 11 April 2020



12 March £10

14 March £15


Sunday - Thursday (& Matinees) £22.50 - £28.50

Friday & Saturday £27.50 - £35.00


Tuesdays £10 Under 30's

Matinees £5 Unwaged

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Links for this news item

Show website
ActDrop full listing for Iolanthe

Iolanthe - Wikipedia

Charles Court Opera website

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