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Iolanthe (The Savoy Operas #6)

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THIS 50 PAGE ARTICLE WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE BOOK: Original Plays by W. S. Gilbert, by William S. Gilbert. To purchase the entire book, please order ISBN 1417905042.
Paperback, 52 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1882)
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As mentioned in my reviews of other Gilbert and Sullivan, I read this as part of the Kindle edition of "The Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan" & watched a video of it while reading.

This was my first experience with Iolanthe and it made me laugh in several places. Don't be put off by the odd juxtaposition of fairies (the fabled kind) and politics - strangely it works well in the typical topsy-turvey Gilbert and Sullivan manner.
Dec 03, 2014 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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This is not the edition I read. I read this operetta as part of a collection. But I did want to deal with this particular play.

I never can remember whether the hero of this story is a fairy from the waist up, or from the waist down. Either way, his immortal part will be bereft of some bodily functions, by and by.

This contains an interesting proposal for how to reform the House of Lords. I wonder...Naah, the Commons would probably never go for it.
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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for his fourteen comic operas produced in collaboration with the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan, of which the most famous include H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and one of the most frequently performed works in the history of musical theatre, The Mikado. These, as well as most of their other ...more
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