Leading soprano reprises fairy queen role

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One of the world’s leading sopranos, Maria Ewing, stars as the Fairy Queen at Chichester Festival Theatre next week.

A political establishment, the mischievous world of fairies, and a love-struck shepherd collide in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, which runs from February 13-18.

A half-fairy finds true love with Pyhllis, the ward of court to the Lord Chancellor, but he secretly wants to marry her himself. But all hell breaks loose when the fairy world decide to get involved with Parliament.

Maria is returning with the Carl Rosa Opera to the role after her West End performance.

Tickets cost £11 to £33 from Chichester Festival Theatre on (01243) 781312 or go to cft.org.uk.