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Iolanthe 1986Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera mounted its second production of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta with complete success.

Keith Warner and his designer produced lots of fresh ideas, while still preserving a significant element of the tradition. The set was based on piles of 'red boxes' which could be cleverly adapted, and the notorious entry of the peers was beautifully handled, with appropriate references to tweeds and grouse moors.

The company recruited Gillian Knight, a D’Oyly Carte veteran, as the Queen.

Thomas Hemsley, not so obvious a candidate for this style of entertainment, turned out to make an excellent Lord Chancellor, and musically the piece came over very strongly.


Scottish Opera's Season - 1986/87

This season comprised Nine main stage productions plus an Opera-Go-Ro und staging with piano, and a most unusual Edinburgh Festival event.   The new productions were Carmen,  Iolanthe,   Intermezzo,  Flying Dutchman,   From the House of the Dead,  Billy Budd,  and Madama Butterfly.  There were two revivals, The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville.  The Opera-Go Round production was of Verdi's Macbeth,  The season opened at the Edinburgh Festival, with a concert including music from Gershwin's Girl Crazy.

Performance Cast

Celia a Fairy

Margaret Preece

Leila a Fairy

Carol Rowlands

Fleta a Fairy

Debra Stuart

Queen of the Fairies

Gillian Knight

Iolanthe a Fairy, Strephon's Mother

Christine Botes

Strephon an Arcadian Shepherd

Omar Ebrahim

Phyllis an Arcadian Shepherdess and Ward in Chancery

Patricia O'Neill

Earl of Mountararat

Eric Roberts

Earl Tolloller

Hugh Hetherington

Lord Chancellor

Thomas Hemsley

Private Willis B Company, 1st Grenadier Guards

Stephen Richardson (Exc Nov 18)

Jonathan Best (Nov 18)

Performance DatesIolanthe 1986

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

21 Oct, 19.15 23 Oct, 19.15 25 Oct, 19.15 28 Oct, 19.15 30 Oct, 19.15 1 Nov, 14.15

Empire Theatre, Liverpool | Liverpool

5 Nov, 19.15 6 Nov, 19.15

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

12 Nov, 19.15 15 Nov, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

18 Nov, 19.15 21 Nov, 19.15

Tyne Theatre | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

26 Nov, 19.15 28 Nov, 19.15

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