Preview: Iolanthe, SUSU Light Opera Society


Off the back of what has been described as their most successful year after Pirates of Penzance and Sweeney Todd, LOpSoc (the Light Opera Society) present their first show of the year, Gilbert and Sulliavan’s Iolanthe. After winning five awards at the International G&S Festival (including Best Production) they show us exactly why with a strong ensemble production that I urge everyone to go and see!

Although a slightly complicated storyline, this traditional G&S opera is transported to the 1980s and gender-swapped, highlighting LOpSoc’s ability to bring old music to a modern day audience. There are some strong principal performances where we see a mix of old and new faces, while the ensemble are the true highlight bringing power and energy to the performance.

Director Abby Pardoe says, “this is the most fabulous show that LOpSoc have ever done,” and from what I’ve seen so far she isn’t wrong, with punk-rock fairies and strong-willed ladies of government this is set to be one of LOpSoc’s best; the society who seem to get stronger and stronger every year.

Iolanthe will be performed in The Annex Theatre from the 18th to 21st February at 7.30pm (with a matinee at 2.30pm on the 21st). Student tickets are £7 and can be bought here or reserved here. Tickets will also be available on the door.


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