Iolanthe 2019

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.




The Lord Chancellor - Scott Thomson

Earl of Mountararat - Zorbey Turkalp

Earl Tolloller - Gordon Horne 

Private Willis - Matt Sielewicz-Stanhope

Strephon - Nathan MacAulay-Dicks

Queen of the Fairies - Susanne Horsburgh

Iolanthe - Debora Ruiz-Kordova

Celia - Jessica Massey

Leila - Caroline Hood

Fleta - Katy Williamson

Phyllis - Rebecca Anderson


Rachel Allan        Gesine Argent

Nick Clelland Melissa Jones

Erika Ishimaru Armstrong

Gary Ishimaru Armstrong

Andy Laing Alice McClellan

Ben Morse Keith Starsmeare

Gillian Tait Camilla Thomson


Producer - Vinca Russell

Directors - Rae Lamond & Sarah Whitty

Musical Director - Tom Paton

Pianists - David Townhill & Janet Barbour

Lighting Design - Steven Robson

Costume - Rachel Allan & Susanne Horsburgh

Production Assistant - Thomas Ware

Publicity Design - Farlane Whitty


Gareth Jacobs/Liz Thomson -

"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."

Johnthegardener -

"The highlight of any Fringe year is attending Cat-like Thread's production and 2019 was no different... It is hard to believe this group are amateur - a truly professional production."

Bev -

"This was a wonderfully modern take on a G&S classic. High energy from a skilled cast."

David Dobson -

"Super production. Well worth seeing."

Chris Newman -

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