Musicals and Opera (light opera, musical theatre)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
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Expulsion, electioneering and enchantment. Iolanthe takes Gilbert’s satirical wit to parliament and Sullivan’s score to fairyland. Strephon loves Phyllis, a ward of the Lord Chancellor, but his dubious heritage stands in the way of their happiness. Can his suspiciously youthful aunts help him into a political maelstrom to win the girl? Is the House of Lords ready for a fairy member? Cat-Like Tread are back for the 2019 Fringe with the most magical operetta of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon. Join us to find out if love can prevail in stormy political waters despite deep divisions and meddling monarchs.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Up a ramp into the building then level access into the theatre.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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

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  • 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
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  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Gareth Jacobs/ Liz Thomson 85 days ago

Cat-Like Tread have set the bar high in previous years as their performances are consistently good. However they have surpassed themselves this year with a truly excellent production that fizzed along from start to finish. Without any change in Gilbert and Sullivan's dialogue and music the directors came up with some really inventive staging and used every spot of the small space they had. The fairies were mischievous, energetic and funny, the Peers were silly, pompous and funny. It would be a shame to pick out anyone particular as they leads and cast were all very good and in character the whole time. Costumes and makeup were bright, colourful and with lots of attention to detail. A lovely evening's entertainment.

Johnthegardener 85 days ago

The highlight of any Fringe year is attending Cat-like Thread's production and 2019 was no different. The stage direction of Iolanthe was clean and professional, with the performance space used fully, and simple but effective props and costumes enhanced the production. Within the cast it is unwise to highlight any particular character, however Gordon Horne excelled as Earl of Tolloller while Earl of Mountararat played by Zorbey Turkalp brought much humour to the role. All the fairies were fabulous flitting around the floor and Phyllis played by Rebecca Anderson gave icing to the cake. It is hard to believe this group are amateur - a truly professional production.

Bev 87 days ago

This was a wonderfully modern take on a G&S classic. High energy from a skilled cast, with an incredible Phyllis.

David Dobson 91 days ago

Super production. Well worth seeing.

Chris Newman 91 days ago

An excellent performance. Well worth going to see. Congratulations to the cast for negotiating their opening night so well and with no obvious hiccups!

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