Regan de Wynter Williams Productions present

Sasha Regan’s Iolanthe

Regan de Wynter Williams Productions present Sasha Regan’s Iolanthe. Content by Chloe Nelkin Consulting.

Having wooed audiences in the UK and Australia with the award-winning Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore and The Mikado, Sasha Regan returns with her most critically acclaimed production, Iolanthe, which broke all box office records on its transfer to Wilton’s Music Hall in 2011.

Torches flash in the darkness as a party of naughty schoolboys adventure into the magical surroundings of an old theatre.  Amid all the backstage paraphernalia they discover a Narnia-like wardrobe and a dusty copy of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. What follows is pure magic!

Universally regarded as Sir Arthur Sullivan’s most beautiful score, Iolanthe is a topsy-turvy love story between the most unlikely of couples… fairies and members of the House of Lord’s!  Sasha Regan’s all male, award-winning company return with their best received production. Her inimitable inventiveness combined with Gilbert and Sullivan’s inherent barminess make for an unmissable night out. 

Iolanthe became the fourth consecutive major success for Gilbert and Sullivan. It was the first work to premiere at the Savoy and first new theatre production in the world to be illuminated entirely with electric lights!

Sasha Regan comments, I am thrilled that Iolanthe will be touring once again! These all-male productions stem from my memories of performing Gilbert and Sullivan’s productions when I was at a single-sex school and I’ve always loved the innocence attached to these productions. The laughter and playfulness afforded by setting it in this all-male environment allows the audience to really tap into the ‘topsy turvy’ world without being detached from it. 

When it premiered in 2011 Iolanthe was nominated for numerous Off West End Awards – Best Director, Best Choreographer, Best Production, Best Costume Design and Best Male Performance.

Brought to you by the same team who created the award winning, all-male The Pirates of Penzance, this absurdly silly but sweetly touching version of Iolanthe is a comic pleasure. If there is a message, it is that everyone needs to release their inner fairy… Irresistible (««««The Guardian).

Sasha Regan and her boys are doing something just as gloriously fresh and inventive as Matthew Bourne did with Swan Lake («««« The Independent).

Regan De Wynter is a producing house established in 2008. Ben De Wynter and Sasha Regan are both directors and producers who have worked together and independently for over seventeen years. They toured the UK with Sasha’s critically acclaimed The Pirates of Penzance gaining a reputation for reinventing G&S in a “hysterically funny, delightful and utterly timeless” way. The production won Best Off-West End Production 2010 at the WhatsOnStage Awards 2010, transferring to the beautiful Wilton’s Music Hall and then onto The Rose Theatre in Kingston. It toured Australia in Autumn 2012 culminating in a three-week run at Sydney Theatre. Then followed UK tours of HMS Pinafore (2014 and 2016) and last year The Mikado. Other productions include: Annie Get Your Gun (Critics Choice), The Pajama Game (Critics Choice), Sweeney Todd (Evening Standard and Time Out Critics Choice & Sunday Express Top), Company, Assassins which won Best Production at the Offies in 2011, Absent Friends, Joking Apart, A Man of No Importance (Sunday Express Best Musical 2009) with Olivier award-winning Paul Clarkson which transferred to the Arts Theatre, Iolanthe (Critic’s Choice) at The Union and Wilton’s Music Hall, The Baker’s Wife with Michael Matus and Dames at Sea with Rosemary Ashe. Their critically acclaimed production of Chess, was a sell out at The Union Theatre. Past Offie nominations include: Lizzi Gee for Best Choreographer in HMS Pinafore, Best Female Lead and

Musical Production (On a Clear Day You can See Forever), Best Director and Production (Billy), Best Choreographer (Chess) and Best Producer and Artistic Director – Sasha Regan.

In 2015 Regan De Wynter joined forces with Hilary and Stuart Williams, constant supporters of their work, to form Regan De Wynter Williams Productions, which has seen the company tour The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore and The Mikado

Following Iolanthe, the critically Salad Days will commence its UK Tour in September 2018 – dates are to be announced.

Iolanthe

UK Tour: April – July

Regan de Wynter Williams Productions present
Sasha Regan’s Iolanthe
By W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

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