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Saturday 19th June

Iolanthe - Charles Court Opera

Limekiln Farm
BN27 3TA
Directions to Laughton Primary School

The “masters of G&S in small spaces” and Off West End award winning Charles Court Opera, present their enchanting - and timely - production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s sharp satire of power, privilege and parliamentary democracy.


Gardens open 4pm.
Performance starts at 6pm.
20 minute interval. Approximate finish at 8.30pm.


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. Featuring some of 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,’ brought to life by Musical Director David Eaton, audiences can expect an evening of first class entertainment and riotous fun suitable for all ages.

The production is directed by John Savournin, who's recent and current productions include Trial by Jury for Opera North, and The Pirates of Penzance in collaboration with Opera Holland Park.

Director: John Savournin
Musical Director: David Eaton
Choreographer: Jo Meridith
Designer: Rachel Szmukler
Lighting Designer: Claire Childs

An irresistible staging

The Stage


"Wickedly funny”

The Guardian


"Exquisite, ingenious"

Evening Standard


"Extremely well sung"

Time Out Critics' Choice


"From the opening explosion of energy this is a show that knows where it's heading, and that's to five-star heaven

What's On Stage

Iolanthe - Charles Court Opera
Iolanthe - Charles Court Opera
Iolanthe - Charles Court Opera
Iolanthe - Charles Court Opera
Iolanthe - Charles Court Opera
Iolanthe - Charles Court Opera
Iolanthe - Charles Court Opera
Iolanthe - Charles Court Opera
Iolanthe - Charles Court Opera
Iolanthe - Charles Court Opera

Charles Court Opera - Iolanthe


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, described as “the masters of G&S in small places” 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. CCO have just completed a summer tour of the U.K with their productions of H.M.S Pinafore and Ruddigore and are looking forward to returning to the King’s Head Theatre this Christmas with their thirteenth festive boutique pantomime - The Nativity Panto.

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