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Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe is a brilliantly satirical comedy about peers of the realm, that also takes a pop at Queen Victoria, Lord Randolph Churchill and William Gladstone. It also boasts one of their most melodious scores.
Phyllis and Strephon both wish to get married, but Phyllis is a ward of court needs to get permission from the Lord Chancellor first. The Lord Chancellor, however, wants her all for himself.
Matched by Sullivan’s ever-melodious score, Gilbert not only targets peers of the realm, but also offers thinly disguised portraits of Queen Victoria, John Brown (her personal servant and ‘close companion’), Lord Randolph Churchill (reformist Tory) and William Gladstone (Liberal PM of the day).
The cast will include mezzo-soprano Artist Samantha Price and Andrew Shore.
Lunchtime concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields – 10 Sep to 31 Dec 2018 (selected dates only) – St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week.
Guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall – Every day – This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the famous auditorium.
Bach to Baby, at the Queen’s Gallery – 26 Nov and 17 Dec 2018 – Take your baby to the Queen's Gallery for an informal classical concert and see the Russia Royalty & the Romanovs exhibition
Sir Simon Rattle — Debussy, Brahms and Enescu – 16 to 18 Dec 2018 – The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Debussy, Brahms and Enescu at Barbican Hall.
Christmas Cracker concert, with the Royal Philharmonic – 16 Dec 2018 – The Christmas Cracker concert at Cadogan Hall is a festive favourite, full of seasonal songs and carols by the Royal Philharmonic.
Handel’s Messiah at the Old Royal Naval College – 16 Dec 2018 – The Trinity Laban Chapel Choir will be performing Handel's Messiah in the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College
Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ — at Barbican Hall – 17 Dec 2018 – Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ at Barbican Hall.
Find more operas this month
If you enjoy London Coliseum then you might like to visit Barbican Hall (catch the train from Charing Cross to Barbican), Cadogan Hall (catch the train from Charing Cross to Sloane Square), Royal Albert Hall (catch the train from Charing Cross to South Kensington), Royal Festival Hall (you can walk it 10 mins) and Royal Opera House (you can walk it in 6 mins)
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