Grantham Singers present classic comic operetta

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Grantham Singers are proudly presenting a semi-concerted version of Iolanthe by Gilbert and Sullivan at the Guildhall Arts Centre next weekend (March 3/4).

This comic operetta tells the story of Iolanthe – the fairy who never grows old. However, for 25 years, she has been living at the bottom of a stream as punishment for marrying a human.

Her son Strephon (half human-half fairy) is in love with a young country girl called Phyllis, but is being thwarted in this love by the House of Lords who are all in love with her as well!

Featuring the rousing numbers Loudly Let the Trumpet Bray and When Britain Really Ruled the Waves, what ensues is a right royal battle of the sexes – with just a little bit of fairy magic!

Iolanthe was the seventh collaboration for Gilbert and Sullivan and satirises many aspects of British government, law and society.

The original production of 1882 was the first show to premiere at the newly-built Savoy Theatre in London and was also the first theatre production in the world to be illuminated entirely by electric lights.

Tickets priced at £9 (£8 conc.) are available now from the Guildhall Arts Centre website (www.guildhallarts or from the box office on 01476 406158.

The Grantham Singers are one of the town’s oldest performing societies and celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2013 with a NODA award-winning production. They currently have approximately 40 members, ranging in age from 16 to 70-plus and rehearse weekly from September to March under the guidance of musical director Elaine Bishop. For more information on the society, visit www.thegrantham