Preview: Iolanthe


The upcoming show from the Gilbert & Sullivan society is the classic Iolanthe, the well-known musical brought up to date in a modern retelling accompanied by a full orchestra.

The 19th century script has been completely revamped by PhD Student Playwright, Morven Hamilton. This overhaul has included swapping the wigged political Lords for ‘twitter-obsessed London bankers’, successfully modernising the reception and enhancing relatability whilst keeping the original plot and characters.

Gilbert and Sullivan are referenced everywhere in modern culture; from The Simpsons to Indiana Jones, there aren’t many forms of entertainment that haven’t been influenced by their work. Even if you haven’t seen any of their masterpieces, you would be hard pressed to find anyone for whom the names didn’t even ring a bell.

Hamilton enthuses that “[he]’d recommend this performance to anyone who enjoys musicals or operas, and anyone looking for comedy. Iolanthe is a genuinely hilarious show, full of physical comedy and brilliant comic acting, as well as beautiful singing.”

Whether you’re a hardcore Gilbert and Sullivan fan or a curious first timer, Iolanthe is shaping up to be a show not to be missed.

It is running in Central Hall from Thursday 27th February to Saturday 1st March. Performances are at 7:30pm, with an additional 2:30pm matinee on Saturday.

Tickets £5 for students, £8 concessions, and £12 adults.
To buy, call 07703 963096, visit YourShop / Vanbrugh Stalls on campus, purchase tickets on the door, or visit