Following the great success of our production of Patience at the 25th International G&S Festival last year, newLOG has been invited to return in 2019, as one of only four invited amateur groups in the this year’s festival. This is a great vote of confidence by the festival organisers and reflects the high standards that newLOG has developed over the last 16 years. We are particularly delighted that we have been asked to perform Iolanthe, one of the very greatest G&S operas, written in 1882 when they were at the height of their powers and overflowing with glorious melody and witty lyrics. The group will perform Iolanthe on Friday, 9 August on the main festival stage at the Royal Hall, Harrogate.

There will be an intro meeting on Thursday 13 June at Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington. The evening will start at 7pm with wine and nibbles. There will be a chance to meet the production team and hear about the staging, as well as singing through a few showstoppers from this most glorious of scores. Auditions will take place in the evenings of Friday 14 June and Sunday 16 June.

Please download the Iolanthe audition dialogue document for more information about audition specifications.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Cann. There are no auditions for the chorus – all are very welcome! Rehearsals will start at the beginning of July, straight after The Mikado in Louth and will take place on the usual Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons, though not everyone will be called to all rehearsals. The production will be a considerable re-working of the 2003 production which was performed by the University of London Opera Group and which was our first production to tour to the Riverhead Theatre, Louth, establishing a strong connection with that theatre, which persists to this day. So if you fancy yourself as a haughty peer of the realm or a fairy with bags of attitude, a little of St Trinians and a soupcon of Busby Berkeley, this is the show for you!