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Iolanthe


Iolanthe

or

The Peer and the Peri

Strephon, an Arcadian shepherd, wants to marry Phyllis, a ward to the Court of Chancery, but the Lord Chancellor objects. Strephon, it appears, is half fairy — down to the waist. His mother, Iolanthe, pleads his cause. The fairies intercede, and Strephon find himself elected to Parliament, whereupon he passes a law requiring Parliament members to be elected based on intelligence rather than class. Iolanthe has a very well known overture, and particularly beautiful music throughout.

Iolanthe opened on November 25, 1882, at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 400 performances.

Durham Savoyards Performance History
  • May 19-20, 1967, Page Auditorium, Duke University

    Director: Joseph W. Talarowski — Music Director: Paul Bryan

  • April 23-24, 1976, Page Auditorium, Duke University

    Director: Randolph Umberger — Music Director: Allan Bone — Producers: Kelly Matherly and John Setzer

  • May 15-16 and May 22-23, 1987, Page Auditorium, Duke University

    Director: Randolph Umberger — Music Director: Benjamin Keaton — Producer: Daryll Powell

  • April 23-26, 1998, Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC; May 2-3, 1998, Thalian Hall, Wilmington, NC

    Artistic Director: Randolph Umberger — Music Director: Benjamin Keaton — Producer: Patrick Kenan

  • March 29-April 1, 2012, Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC

    Director: Derrick Ivey — Music Director: Alan Riley Jones — Producer: Paula Scotland

 

The Loard Chancellor
1967 1976 1987 1998 2012

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