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Iolanthe - July 2023

1st & 2nd July 2023, Royal Hippodrome Theatre Eastbourne, 2.30pm & 8.15pm

Fairies and Lords come head to head in this musical comedy with a fantastical twist.

Iolanthe is an exiled fairy, banished for 25 years by the fairy queen, for marrying a mortal - a crime under fairy law. Her half-fairy son, Strephon, is in love with Phyllis, but she is the ward of the Lord Chancellor. When Strephon becomes a member of Parliament, and the fairies infiltrate the House of Lords, the world of politics is thrown into disarray.


Can the two sides be reconciled? Will Phyllis and Strephon find their happily ever after? What will be Iolanthe's fate? Don't miss this joyous, and still rather topical, political satire! 

Production Team

Helen Halliday - Director


After studying Acting and Musical Theatre at Guildford School Of Acting, Helen
performed professionally across the country. 
She returned to GSA as assistant Head of Music running specialist voice clinics and was Musical Director for several productions.


After teaching acting, singing and movement at various stage schools, she became Head of Drama at Mayfield School. Here she directed and MD’d productions as well as continuing to direct for local companies. She now directs professionally across the country as well as writing plays – all of which have been performed - and music. She runs courses and workshops in Acting and Directing.

We are delighted to be welcoming Helen To Eastbourne G&S for her first show with us.

Russell Ablewhite - Musical Director

Trained at the Royal College of Music as a junior exhibitioner and then at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, Russell has worked as a professional opera singer for the last thirty five years or so.


As well as principal roles in regional companies all over the UK he has sung regularly as a freelance chorister with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera and The Dutch Radio Choir. As a member of London Voices and European Voices he has performed many concerts including proms and performed on the soundtracks of a large number of films that include Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.


Russell has been MD for our last two shows (The Pirates of Penzance and Ruddygore), and was assistant MD/accompanist before that. 




Iolanthe - Alison King

The Lord Chancellor - Paul Eccles

Phyllis - Lucy Sarsfield

Strephon Benjamin Craven

Queen of the Fairies - Rebecca Hughes

Lord Mountararat - Nigel Lawton

Lord Tolloller - Wendy Dovey

Private Willis - Ian Charlesworth

Celia - Rowan Stanfield

Fleta - Katie Miller

Leila - Melody Westcott

Lord Chancellor's Page - Chloe Goatcher

Fairy Ensemble

Lailani Sargent

Lottie Childers

Louisa Dale

Margot Miller

Pam Cross 

Sue Davies

Susan DeBlaney

Peers Ensemble

Colin Day

David Clifford

Michael Bale

Patrick Birdsall

Paul Bailey-Smith

Peter Tucknott 

Tim Gordon

Trevor Allen

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