Once upon a time, when Britannia ruled the waves, the House of Lords (also known as the House of Peers), was made up of some of the most entitled members of the British aristocracy.
With dukes, lords and earls, this hereditary position in the Upper House of the British Parliament had blue bloods galore and was seen as the perfect subject for WS Gilbert to satirize in his musical fairy fantasy, Iolanthe.
The story's titular character falls in love with a human and is banished from the Faerie Kingdom by her Queen for twenty-five years. Iolanthe is finally pardoned when her fellow fairies beg for forgiveness on her behalf.
With a grown-up son (fairy from the waist up, and human from the waist down), Iolanthe's immortal appearance of youth at just the wrong moment mistakenly sets off a chain of events that sees the feisty fairies take over the Houses of Parliament.
Spellbinding and sublime, Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria's upcoming production has some on the most beautiful music composed by Arthur Sullivan from the duo's canon and is often seen as the perfect introduction of light opera for children.
There are even free matinee events for kids with balloon animals, a dress-up, and a colouring-in competition. Children (under 16) can come for FREE to the matinees accompanying an adult full price ticket.
GSOV had secured the talents of international award-winning director Diana Burleigh, with confident support from musical director Greg Hannan who will lead the 20 strong GSOV Orchestra when the production opens on the main stage at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre in Preston.
This production features a stellar cast led by Ron Pidcock OAM, a 2017 recipient of an Order of Australia for his contributions to the performing arts, as well as talented new stars and a large chorus.
The season is sure to be heaps of fun for all ages. There are still Early Bird tickets until Friday, 31 March, with very affordable live theatre prices - you can find our more information online here.
Robin Halls as Private Willis, surrounded by feisty fairies