Musicals and Opera (opera, classical)

  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Full of fantastic music, scheming fairies and hapless peers, the University of St Andrews Gilbert and Sullivan Society is proud to present Iolanthe. Join us deep in the forest to follow young lovers, immortal fairies, and some very lost politicians as they attempt to survive mishaps, mischief, and mistaken identities. Phyllis and Strephon wish to marry, but the Lord Chancellor and all the other Lords want her for themselves. The fairies find out about this and endeavour to help but end up creating more chaos. When they break their most important law, what will happen to our hapless crew?

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: The audience enter from George IV Bridge, with a couple of steps to enter the building. A temporary ramp is also available. The Studio is located downstairs, via a single width staircase. A lift is also available. The audience enter in the middle of the auditorium. There is a single row with level access, with further seating accessed via a raked centre aisle.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp, Lift (Platform Lift)

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 25 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Additional information: Non-strobing neon and LED lights are used as props.

Be aware that this show features:

  • Performer goes into audience area
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Permission to move around and make noise

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Alice 32 days ago

Joyous. Brilliant. Engaging from start to finish. The perfect way to spend 2 hours at the Fringe. Nothing beats a highly accomplished and talented cast of students for youthful creativity and energy and this group are exceptional. Superb soloists who can sing and act as well. Not always a given! Gilbert’s satirical libretto is brought to life in all its wonderfully relevant and irreverent attack on politics and politicians, but with contemporary twists that create ‘laugh out loud’ moments throughout. Chorus acting, dancing and ensemble singing is worthy of the West End. Wherever you look, all are in character and creative. Great direction and interpretation. And hats off to the pianist throughout. Yes, Iolanthe is a classic, but the St Andrew’s society breathe even more life into it than we all expected. It’s a must see. Only two shows to go.

Marianne Potter 32 days ago

When it comes to Gilbert and Sullivan, this production is the future. The hugely talented cast, supported by an exceptional pianist, wow from their first step on stage. The show kept the classical elements of the operetta but gave them an ingenious fresh spin. The energy, humour, and moments of tender emotion were each played out perfectly and balanced out to a wonderful production. The staging was visually stunning, especially the variety of costumes of the fairys, and the choreography was very impressive. An absolute must see for everyone, give these young folks a national tour!

Sally 33 days ago

In one word: brilliant. A must on anyone’s Fringe itinerary, this superbly-performed modern twist on a classic operetta is certainly not to be missed. Wow, wow, wow.

Jennifer L 33 days ago

Highly recommend this clever and v funny production of Iolanthe. Brilliantly talented cast, very strong principals, and the contemporary costumes and playful interpretation bring G&S right off the page into a present day satire. The otherworldliness and surreal presence of the fairies, with their creative use of lights, still manages to weave in a witty earthiness. The quality of singing alone, including the chorus, justifies it but there is so much more: lots of laughing out loud with the joyfully witless lords. One of the best bits of the fringe for me.

Mrs M 34 days ago

Fantastic show. Wonderful singing, amazing piano playing. Funny, touching, clever. Highly recommended!

Bridget Biggar 37 days ago

A really slick production of a favourite G and S - and excellent harmony singing in particular. Kudos to the pianist too! Loved the staging, particularly the peers, and lovely costumes. Lighting and special fairy lights were very effective. Nice to hear Strephon’s act 2 song reinstated and Strephon himself was one of the shows highlights amongst a very strong cast. Recommended

Derek 37 days ago

Absolutely exceptional very talented young people. One live pianist who performed the score beautifully and a very large company all of whom were talented singers. The staging was hilarious and showed the very best of what a Gilbert and Sullivan piece can be. I particularly enjoyed the dancing throughout the show. Highly reccomend, great for all ages

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