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IOLANTHE

Date

20th September 2019

Society

Monmouth Music Theatre

Venue

THE SAVOY THEATRE MONMOUTH

Type of Production

G&S

Director

Kate Russell

Musical Director

Ian Russell

Report

Author: Dee McIlroy

A gorgeous froth of pastel Fairies floated, tripping hither and thither on to the Savoy theatre stage to
open this outstanding evening of Gilbert and Sullivan delights, MMT certainly know how to present
the masters work, so well. What a lovely show this was and the Savoy Theatre a perfect setting for
it! Everyone knows the music of Iolanthe played brilliantly by the Iolanthe Band with expert musical
direction from Ian Russell and dedicated Accompanist Helen Stidolph. Monmouth were in fine voice
with excellent principal performances. Stage Director Kate Russell deserves her accolade along with
every memb er of the cast, a special mention for the magnificent Lords.

Adrian Bevan as Earl Tolloller, and Stephen Hunter as the. Earl of Mountararat, both shone and gave
very strong characterisations. Phyllis, Michelle Cooper and Strephon, Gareth Wigg made the perfect
pair, with great interaction and sense of romance. Iolanthe played very well by an ethereal
Dominique Walker who commanded the stage and a golden powerful performance of the Fairy
Queen was brought alive by Katie Ellis We had humour in abundance, with Andrew Griffiths as
Private Willis giving us his own special rendition of When All Night Long a Chap Remains.

Outstanding and versatile in any role he plays Reuben Jones gave us an expressive Lord Chancellor.
Charming parts played by Florence Mayo as Leila, Martha Newman as Celia and Ella Drabble as Fleta.
Brilliant backstage work, excellent lighting and technical. Appropriate and very attractive costumes
from Worcester G & S Society and Phoenix Theatre.

A night in Fairyland with the Peers to remember. Every success for Carousel!