Iolanthe is Gilbert’s satiric treatment of the aristocracy and the English House of Lords in this “fairy opera” that revolves around the romance between Strephon, a shepard who is the son of the fairy Iolanthe, and Phyllis, a shepardess but also a ward of the Lord Chancellor. Iolanthe had been banished for her illicit relationship with a mortal and because she would never reveal his identity. The operetta begins with the pardon of Iolanthe by the Queen of the Fairies. Strephon informs his “aunts” of the love he has for Phyllis but tells them that the Lord Chancellor has forbidden the marriage (because of his own secret desires). The Queen decides to take on poor Strephon’s cause and the hillarity ensues as the Fairy World and the Peers of the Realm collide.
Performances: June 6 – 8, 13 – 15, 19 – 22 and 26 – 29, 7:30 pm except for Sundays, 2 pm. Brunch or Dinner available on the lawn prior to performance. Tickets: $32 adults, $27 Students and Seniors, $25 for Groups of 10 or more call Mago Hunt Box office at 503-943-7396.