Chaos in Parliament is not a recent thing. When Gilbert & Sullivan first produced their comic operetta ‘Iolanthe’ in 1882 it was current satire. It contained references to the then Chief of the London Fire Brigade and the House of Lords being infiltrated by Stephon, an Arcadian Shepherd and causing the Lords to tremble as their privileges were under threat – sound familiar?
At Haworth West Lane Baptist Church in November, you can see how Strephon – who is actually half a fairy – is pushed into Parliament by his fairy family. In the best Gilbert & Sullivan tradition this is played out in an evening of memorable songs and comic dialogue – come along see that political satire was alive and well long before Brexit! The Lord Chancellor’s nightmare song and the sentry’s ‘When all night long..’ are particular highlights but the music is all wonderful and has stood the test of time since the original production.
The Haworth West Lane Baptist Amateur Operatic Society is performing Iolanthe this year as a tribute to our former Musical Director and founder member Terry Lofthouse, who passed away recently. It was his favourite show and we intend to do him proud.
The performance dates are Monday 11th to Saturday 16th November, nightly at 7.30pm with a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 16th.
Tickets are priced between £5 and £10 and further and booking details can be found at www.haworthamateuroperaticsociety.co.uk
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