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English National Opera’s Iolanthe

English National Opera's Iolanthe

Watch: Behind the scenes at Iolanthe

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson Published 29 March 2018

This year, London opera lost one of its true greats. Paul Brown’s outstanding designs have time and again transported us all to another world, and this was never more the case than in the English National Opera’s Iolanthe, resulting in a well-deserved Outstanding Achievement in Opera Olivier Award 2018 nomination.

Here, we take a closer look at the designs, going backstage before a performance of the show. Take a look below.


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The English National Opera is currently presenting Iolanthe, a brilliantly funny, satirical fantasy that reveals a typically Gilbert & Sullivan-esque topsy-turvy world.

Cal McCrystal (One Man, Two Guvnors) directs a production that embraces the chaotic physical comedy and irreverence that are his hallmarks. Outstanding young mezzo-soprano and ENO Harewood Artist Samantha Price leads a cast of ENO favourites, including Andrew Shore as the Lord Chancellor.

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