G&S Play­ers re­turn with Iolan­the

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Stage -

Peter­bor­ough Gil­bert and Sul­li­van Play­ers will be mark­ing a few spe­cial an­niver­saries when they re­turn to the stage with Iolan­the at the Key The­atre this month.

Eu­nice Crisp - the Play­ers’ own “Queen” this year cel­e­brates her 90th birth­day (along with the Monarch of course!). To make the oc­ca­sion more spe­cial this year also sees the 50th An­niver­sary of Eu­nice play­ing The Fairy Queen in Peter­bor­ough Gil­bert and Sul­li­van Play­ers’ 1966 pro­duc­tion of Iolan­the.

And the rea­sons to cel­e­brate do not end there. In that 1966 pro­duc­tion a very young Chris­tine Eve made her Peter­bor­ough G&S de­but in the Ladies’ Cho­rus. This year Chris­tine (now Chris­tine An­son) will be play­ing . .. yes. you guessed it . . . The Fairy Queen!

In Iolan­the, the Play­ers take a dig at in­ef­fec­tual po­lit­i­cal ri­val­ries with this satir­i­cal story about what hap­pens when a band of fairies take over Par­lia­ment.

Fea­tur­ing the tonguetwist­ing tour de force “Night­mare Song”, a pompous and dim-wit­ted rul­ing elite, and a lead­ing man who’s half a fairy – from the waist up! As al­ways, Gil­bert’s satire is de­liv­ered with such el­e­gant ab­sur­dity that all you can do is laugh at how the more things change, the more they re­main the same. The sounds of a full or­ches­tra, cho­rus and vo­cal soloists bring Sul­li­van’s mas- ter­piece to life, whilst Gil­bert’s hu­mour is as rel­e­vant to­day as it was when it was writ­ten.

You can see the show at the Key The­atre from Septem­ber 21 to 24 and hear the rous­ing “Peers’ Cho­rus, the beau­ti­ful “None Shall Part Us” and the clas­sic “Sen­try’s Song” along with many other fa­mil­iar melodies.

In 2016 the Play­ers are sup­port­ing Anna’s Hope, the Stam­ford-based chil­dren’s brain tu­mour char­ity.

Anna’s Hope is pas­sion­ate about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to the lives of chil­dren and young peo­ple who have a brain tu­mour by pro­vid­ing sup­port and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion dur­ing and af­ter treat­ment and ev­ery penny do­nated goes to help­ing chil­dren with brain tu­mours.

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