MUGSS 1978

1978 Iolanthe

or The Peer and the Peri


The Lord Chanellor
Ian Hamilton
Earl of Mountararat
David Elder
Earl Tolloller
Joseph Zserdicky
Private Willis (of the Grenadier Guards)
Howard Totty
Strephon (an Arcadian Shepherd)
David Chard
Queen of the Fairies
Liz Humphreys
Iolanthe (a fairy, Strephon's mother)
Susan Johnson
Celia (her Daughter)
Janice Mitchell
Leila (a page)
Elizabeth Ward
Alexine Rose
Phyllis (an Arcadian Shepherdess and Ward in Chancery)
Susan Burgess
Chorus of Dukes, Marquises, Earls, Viscounts and Barons
Andrew Backhouse, John Bampton, Chris Barham, Tony Bogod, Dave Bolton, Richard de Ste Croix, Andrew Dawson, John Fryett, Mike Harris, Phil Holmes, John Humphreys, Peter McCarthy, Paul Middlemas, Peter Mitchell, David Newman, Dave Park, Colin Paton, Colin Price, Antony Royle, Jim Symcox, Andrew Tooms
Chorus of Fairies
Helen Bailey, Jane Bulley, Veronica Clark, Roo Gill, Phillipa Haines, Dianne Hartley, Sue Jeynes, Patricia Lord, Marion Lumb, Elaine Newman, Christina Rocca, Ann Royle, Patricia Smales, Christine Todd, Carole Tonge, Susan Turner, Kathyrn Williamson, Pamela Wright, Lorna Sireling, Christine Thompson


Production Director
John Humphreys
Musical Director
John E. Bethell
David Littley, Mike Harris
Stage Manager
Angela Nield
Lighting Supervisor
Chris Barham
Wardrobe Supervisor
Philippa Haines
Publicity Officer
Susan Johnson
Front of House Manager
David Littley
Business Manager
Colin Price
Orchestra Manager
Sue Jeynes
Cover and Poster Design
Susan Johnson
Set management
P Mitchell, I Mackey


David Chard
Peter Mitchell
Sue Jeynes
Susan Johnson
Social Secretary
Phil Holmes
Ordinary Members
Phillipa Haines, David Littley



We wish to thank:
The University of Manchester Union for financial support,
Mr. Grahamslaw and U.M.I.S.T. staff
The Catholic and Ecumenical chaplaincies for providing rehearsal facilties
Members of the orchestra.

Patrons of the Society

Sally A. Burns
Hilarly Carlisle
Nick Gibbs
Debi Johnson
Mr and Mrs F. Johnson
Susan Johnson
Deborah Jones
Andrew Lane
Nancy Lofting
Mr and Mrs N. Mitchell
Patricia Needham


Soon after the first performance of 'Iolanthe' in 1882, some of the music (including the song 'De Belville was regarded as the Crichton of his age') was cut and later lost. Mike Harris has re-set Gilbert's words to music from Sullivan's opera "The Beauty Stone" (1898) and this unique arrangement can be heard in Act II of our production.

Honorary Patrons

Baron Hailsham
The Lord Bishop of Manchester The Rt. Rev. P.C.Rodger
Dr Isaac Asimov
Patrick Moore, O.B.E.
Stanford Robinson, O.B.E.
Alexander Young


A.G. Barr soft drinks
Baxenden Chemical Company Ltd
Howe Design
Haigh and Hochland Ltd Booksellers
Insulind Insulations Ltd
Mallinson-Denny (North Western) Ltd
Parker Rosser Timber Merchants Ltd
Salford Van Hire
Willocks Ice Cream


Complete recordings of this show (and all from 1964 onwards) can be purchased on CD from Mike Harris, our Society Archivist