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“Iolanthe” by W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan

Cambridgeshire Light Opera proudly presents : ‘Iolanthe’ Evening performances at 7.30pm and a Saturday matinée at 2.30pm Doors open 45 minutes before each performance Ticket prices: Wednesday £12, Thu – Sat eve £15, Saturday matinée £12 from Ticket Source : https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/clog or tel : 07708 577570. On-site parking; facilities for wheelchair users; licensed bar

  • 19th June 2024 - 22nd June 2024
  • 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Cambridgeshire Light Opera, (CLOG)

Formerly Swaffham Bulbeck Summer Theatre, Cambridgeshire Light Opera is opening a new chapter as a friendly, amateur light opera group based in East Cambridgeshire.

Our aim is to support and develop light opera and operetta, particularly the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, through modern performances but grounded in the best traditions. We seek to further the appreciation of the wonderful funny, satirical, poignant and entertaining world of light opera in a way that is relatable and easily accessible to all.

Iolanthe – The Plot

Iolanthe, a fairy, commits the ultimate crime by marrying a mortal and is banished from fairyland. Twenty-five years later, and her illicit half-human, half-fairy son (a fairy from the waist upwards) now wishes to marry a mortal – but it’s a crime against fairy law. Having fallen foul of this law herself – Iolanthe sets out to help her son; and obtain a pardon for herself from the Fairy Queen.

Strephon loves Phyllis, a ward of the Lord Chancellor who is not keen on the young lovers’ proposed marriage. Chaos ensues – driven by misunderstanding; snobbery; misdirected jealousy; a bit of romance; and a healthy satirical dose of poking fun at the law, parliament and the establishment, including a fairy takeover of the House of Lords.

All ends happily, as always – with Lords and Fairies, Peers and Peris, united.


  • Bar
  • Car Parking
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • On site parking
  • wheelchair access

Accessibility Facilities

  • Wheel chair accessible

Did you know?

The imposing lamppost in the centre of Parker’s Piece bears the words Reality Checkpoint – believed to be a reference to the end of the university ‘bubble’ and the beginning of the real world, aka the rest of the city.