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Updated 16 December 2006
 
 
List of reviews

The Academy 1882 December 2 22(552): 404-405
unsigned review

The Age [Melbourne] 1885 May 11 9430: 5, col. 2. THEATRE ROYAL. - IOLANTHE.
Review of Australian première.

The Army and Navy Gazette 1882 December 2, 23(1193 special supplement): 974. [UNSIGNED]. Amusements. 
Mentions there were 9 encores, but doesn't name them.

The Athenæum 1882 December 2 2875: 743-744

Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle 1882 November 18 3255: 10, col. 1. D.A. The Tatler.

Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle 1882 December 2  3257: 3, cols. 2-3
Review by "D.A." of 4th performance

The Boston Evening Transcript 1882 December 12 55(17069): 1, cols. 4-5. [UNSIGNED]. Opening of the Bijou Theatre. Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Iolanthe.”

The Boston Post 1882 November 27 103(128): 4, col. 3. [UNSIGNED]. Entertainments. Notes.

The Boston Post 1882 December 12 103(141): 4, col. 2. [UNSIGNED]. Entertainments. The Bijou Theatre – “Iolanthe.”
 

The Brighton Guardian 1882 November 29 2914: 2, col. 2. [UNSIGNED]. Music and the drama in the Metropolis. Savoy Theatre.

The Bristol Times and Mirror 1901 December 17 130(11558): 3, col. 7 
Report on omission of "Fold your flapping wings" from the revival at the Savoy, quoting the lyrics

The Candid Friend 1901 December 14 2(33): 270 THE THEATRES. [unsigned review of revival, including photo of Isabel Jay]

Country Life 1901 December 21
Unsigned review of revival

The Court Journal 1882 December 2 2811: 1410. METROPOLITAN ON DITS. Note about rehearsals

The Court Journal 1882 December 2 2811: 1414. BULLETIN OF THE THEATRES. SAVOY. 
Unsigned review

The Court Journal and Fashionable Gazette 1901 December 14 3804: 1831. [UNSIGNED]. The theatres. The Savoy.

The Daily Chronicle and Clerkenwell News 1882 November 27 6452: 6, col. 3 MESSRS. GILBERT AND SULLIVAN'S NEW OPERA "IOLANTHE." Unsigned review [this is the one referred to by Reginald Allen as The Chronicle]

The Daily Express 1901 December 26 525: 4, col. 7 B.F.R. "IOLANTHE" AND THE SAVOY. 
Review of revival

The Daily Graphic 1901 December 9 48(3734): 4. [UNSIGNED]. SAVOY THEATRE. REVIVAL OF "IOLANTHE."

The Daily News 1882 November 27 11425: 2, cols. 2-3 MUSIC. SAVOY THEATRE. 
Unsigned review

The Daily Telegraph 1882 November 27 8579: 2, cols. 4-5 [reprinted in The Musical World 1882 December 2, 60(48): 747-748]

The Daily Telegraph 1884 October 13, 9167: 2, col. 5. [UNSIGNED]. Savoy Theatre

The Echo 1882 November 27 4344: 1, cols. 5-6. [UNSIGNED]. IOLANTHE AT THE SAVOY.

England 1882 December 2 4(141): 4, col. 3 "IOLANTHE" AT THE SAVOY THEATRE. 
Unsigned review. Says Sullivan ought not to be required to pay taxes and should be allowed to kill one organ grinder a month as a reward for writing such beautiful music.

The Entr'acte and Limelight : a Theatrical and Musical Critic and Advertiser 1882 October 7 693: 6, col. 2 Quotes from The World about forthcoming production of Perola.

The Entr'acte and Limelight : a Theatrical and Musical Critic and Advertiser 1882 November 4 697: 5, col. 1 Merry-go-Round [company sworn to secrecy about new opera]

The Entr'acte and Limelight : a Theatrical and Musical Critic and Advertiser 1882 November 11 698: 5, col. 2
Merry-go-Round [forthcoming production of the new opera and gossip about Gilbert]

The Entr'acte and Limelight : a Theatrical and Musical Critic and Advertiser 1882 November 18 699: 5 
Reports from The World on the subject of electric lighting for the new opera

The Entr'acte and Limelight : a Theatrical and Musical Critic and Advertiser 1882 December 2 701: 4 
Anecdotes

The Entr'acte and Limelight : a Theatrical and Musical Critic and Advertiser 1882 December 2 701:13 THE THEATRES. SAVOY. [Unsigned review]

The Entr'acte and Limelight : a Theatrical and Musical Critic and Advertiser 1882 December 2 701: 13, col. 2 Merry-go-Round. "Iolanthe" is already being burlesqued, and the result will soon obtain the judgment of the public.

The Entr'acte and Limelight : a Theatrical and Musical Critic and Advertiser 1882 December 9 702: 6, col. 1 Merry-go- Round.  [Anecdote about one of the Iolanthe Fairies receiving a love letter]

The Entr'acte and Limelight : a Theatrical and Musical Critic and Advertiser 1882 December 30 705: 13, col. 2 [complete transcription follows] Mr. J. C. Scanlan will supervise the production of "Iolanthe" in San Francisco.

The Era 1882 February 11 44(2264): 5, col. 4 Gilbert and Sullivan's new comic opera 
Details of prototype plot of what was to become Iolanthe

The Era 1882 August 5 44(2289): 8, col. 1 Theatrical Gossip. 
Carte's plans for simultaneous productions of the new opera in America

The Era 1882 October 14 45(2299): 8, col. 1, pgph. 5 Theatrical Gossip. 
Report about costumes for the new Gilbert & Sullivan opera

The Era 1882 November 11 45(2303): 8, col. 1 Theatrical Gossip. 
Date of simultaneous London and New York productions announced as November 25th

The Era 1882 November 18 45(2304): 8, col. 1 Theatrical Gossip.
Iolanthe mentioned by name in a brief report about a fairy opera by H. Paulton

The Era 1882 December 2 45(2306): 4, col. 4 Report on bad season for Carte in New York and the need for a successful Iolanthe production.

The Era 1882 December 2 45(2306): 6, cols. 2-3 review of Iolanthe [unfinished transcription]

The Era 1882 December 9 45(2307): 7, col. 3
Prime Minister Gladstone attends a performance of Iolanthe

The Era 1882 December 9 45(2307): 8, col. 1, pgph. 7
American pirates preparing to perform Iolanthe

The Era 1882 December 23 45(2309): 8, col. 1 THEATRICAL GOSSIP. [complete transcription follows]
MR COURTICE POUNDS, a young tenor of much promise, pupil of Mr F. Walker, of the Royal Academy of Music, has been engaged by Mr D'Oyly Carte for five years to sing the tenor parts in the operas of Sullivan and others. He makes his début at Bath in Iolanthe.

The Era 1882 December 30 45(2310): 4, col. 1, pgph. 15
Unsigned short item

The Era 1883 January 13 45(2312): 10, col. 1 PROVINCIAL THEATRICALS. FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENTS. [complete transcription follows]
BATH. THEATRE ROYAL. - Lessee and Manager, Mr. Frederick Neebe.
- Iolanthe is still drawing good houses. The bright and sparkling music is nightly received with great favour, and the artists are greeted with much applause.

The Era 1883 January 20 45(2313): 8, col. 2 THEATRICAL GOSSIP [complete transcription follows]
ON the occasion of her last performance at the Savoy, on Wednesday evening, Miss Julia Gwynne was presented by the members of the company with  an elegant silver card-case and  a gold bracelet. 

The Era 1883 January 20 45(2313): 9, col. 1 PROVINCIAL THEATRICALS. FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENTS.
More about the Iolanthe touring company in Bath

The Era 1883 September 29 46(2349): 6, col. 1 THE LONDON THEATRES. THE SAVOY. 
Report on the 300th performance

The Era 1884 September 6 47(2398): 3, col. 2
D'Oyly Carte touring company production in Bradford

The Era 1901 December 14 
Review of revival, death of W. H. Leon (who should have played Mountararat), and an amateur production of Iolanthe in Plymouth

The Evening News [London] 1882 November 27 413: 2, col. 4

The Evening News [London] 1901 December 7 A TOPIC OF TO-DAY. Miss Rosina Brandram on "Iolanthe."

Express and Star and Birmingham Evening Express [Wolverhampton] 1902 March 12 8391: 2, col. 4. [UNSIGNED]. WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE. IOLANTHE.
Unsigned review of D'Oyly Carte touring company performance of Iolanthe

Figaro [The London Figaro] 1882 November 18 1397: 16. ALMAVIVA. BEFORE AND BEHIND THE CURTAIN. 
Messrs. Sullivan and Gilbert's new opera to be produced November 25th. Says The Era doesn't understand the time difference between London and New York.

Figaro [The London Figaro] 1882 December 2 1399: 16 SAVOY THEATRE. 
Unsigned review

Figaro [The London Figaro] 1882 December 2 1399: 16-17 ALMAVIVA. BEFORE AND BEHIND THE CURTAIN. 
News items about Iolanthe

Figaro [The London Figaro] 1883 September 29 1442: 14, col. 3. ALMAVIVA. BEFORE AND BEHIND THE CURTAIN. 300th performance 

Funny Folks 1882 December 9 8(419): 386 col. 2
Parody of "Said I to myself, said I"

Funny Folks 1882 December 9 8(419): 387 col. 3 THE THEATRES. BY OUR CRANKISH CRITIC.

The Gentlewoman 1901 December 14 23(597): 845, col. 3. MOMUS. PLAYS AND PLAYERS. [Review of revival]

The Globe 1882 November 27 27216: 3, cols. 4-5

The Gloucester Journal 1882 December 2 157(8355): 8, col. 6, pgph. 2 A new play by Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan. Unsigned review. Attributes "When I went to the bar" to one of the fairies.

The Graphic 1882 December 2 26(679): 603, cols. 1-2. Music. “Iolanthe.” 
Unsigned review. Felt that satirical allusions to Peers might be toned down

The Graphic 1882 December 23 26(682)
Illustrations of Iolanthe at the Savoy Theatre

The Illustrated London News 1882 December 2 81(2274): 562, col. 2 UNFINISHED TRANSCRIPTION
Review by Clement Scott [UNFINISHED TRANSCRIPTION]

The Illustrated London News 1882 December 2 81(2274): 562, col. 3 UNFINISHED TRANSCRIPTION
Unsigned review 

The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News 1882 December 2 18(465): 285
Review by "Our Captious Critic"

The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News 1882 December 16 18(468): 332 
Illustrations

The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News 1901 December 21 61(1475): [page number needed!]
Photographs of W. H. Leon [died just before he was to play Mountararat in the revival of Iolanthe]

The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News 1901 December 21 61(1475): 621 OUR CAPTIOUS CRITIC. "IOLANTHE" AT THE SAVOY THEATRE. Review of Iolanthe revival and curtain-raiser The Willow Pattern

The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News 1902 January 11 61(1478):  "IOLANTHE" AT THE SAVOY THEATRE. 
Photographs

Judy 1882 December 6 
Unsigned review

£ s. d. (New Series) and Capel Court Chronicle. A Journal for Everybody. Social, Satirical, and Financial  1882 December 11, 2(1): 4, cols. 2-3. [UNSIGNED]. The Drama. Savoy. [indexed at the British Library Newspaper Library as L.S.D., shelfmark A130]

£ s. d. (New Series) and Capel Court Chronicle. A Journal for Everybody. Social, Satirical, and Financial  1882 December 18, 2(2): 16, col 3. [UNSIGNED]. Dramatic and musical gossip. [indexed at the British Library Newspaper Library as L.S.D., shelfmark A130]

The Ladies' Field 1901 December 21 16(197): C. Masks and Faces. Review of revival by "C."

The Lady 1901 December 19 34(879): 1043, cols. 2-3. A. M. L. At the play. [review of revival]

The Lady's Pictorial 1882 December 9 4(93): 264, col. 3. CLIVE, Kitty. The Drama. 
Description of the ladies' costumes, with sketches by Pilotell of Iolanthe, the Queen of the Fairies and Phyllis. Notes that the electric lights worn in the fairies' hair are too dazzling to be effective.

Land and Water : Hunting, Shooting, Fishing, Practical Natural History 1882 December 2 34(880): 448, cols. 1-2. ARGUS. Pencillings of the week

Life : a Weekly Journal of Interesting Events 1882 December 7, 178 [5(21)]: 1023. IN THE STALLS. 
Unsigned review

Life : a Weekly Journal of Interesting Events 1883 September 27 6(220): 718, col. 1, pgph. 3. [UNSIGNED].
300th performance. Alice Barnett's understudy, Miss Carlingford, was playing the Queen of the Fairies and broke down during the Act I Finale because she was ill. Julia Gwynne continued with "Into Parliament he shall go" but "Oh Foolish fay" was cut.

Life : a Weekly Journal of Interesting Events 1901 December 21 32(51): 5. [UNSIGNED]. Drama and Music.

Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper 1882 November 26 2088: 1, col. 5. [UNSIGNED]. Last night's theatricals. Savoy.

The Manchester Guardian 1882 November 27 11322: 5, col. 4 "from our London correspondent"

The Manchester Guardian 1901 December 9 17264: 7, col. 3. [UNSIGNED]. "Iolanthe" at the Savoy Theatre. 

The Montreal Daily Star 1901 December 7 33(289): 19, cols. 5-6. [UNSIGNED]. Revival of Iolanthe. (Special to the Star).

The Morning Advertiser 1882 November 27 28559: 5, col. 5
[this is the publication referred to by Reginald Allen (and others who merely quoted what Allen found - or looked for themselves - in the press cuttings book now in the Theatre Museum Archive rather than bothering to check the source for themselves) as the Advertiser]

The Morning Advertiser 1883 September 24 28817: 5, col. 4. [UNSIGNED]. Savoy Theatre. [300th performance]

The Morning Post 1882 November 27 34453: 5, col. 5 
Unsigned review. Mentions Barrington saying a song

Music and Drama 1882 October 21 4(3): 7, col. 3
Reprint of news item by "ATLAS" confirming Perola as the title of the new G&S opera, first appearing in The World 1882 October 4 17(431): 13, col. 1, pgph. 5

Music and Drama 1882 December 2 4(9): 5-6 by Frederic Archer UNFINISHED TRANSCRIPTION

Music and Drama 1882 December 2 4(9): 6 by "Seraph" [alias Stephen Fiske]

The Musical Record [Boston] 1882 November 25 217: 144, col. 1 THE NEW OPERA Cast list for forthcoming Boston production of Iolanthe at the Bijou Theatre.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1882 November 25 217: 153, col. 1 NEW YORK. Cast list for the opening night of Iolanthe at the Standard Theatre.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1882 November 25 217: 153, col. 1 ENGLAND. Brief note on opening in London of Iolanthe.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1882 December 2 218: 163 BOSTON'S NEW THEATRE. Article on the forthcoming opening of the Bijou Theatre (Dec 11) with Iolanthe. Provides a full description of the theatre.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1882 December 2 218: 165 STORY OF THE NEW OPERA. Description of Iolanthe.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1882 December 16 220: 204 Unsigned review of Iolanthe at the Boston Bijou Theatre. UNFINISHED TRANSCRIPTION

The Musical Record [Boston] 1882 December 30 222: 243, col. 3 MARYLAND. [complete transcription follows]
BALTIMORE. 'Iolanthe,' presented by the Barton Opera Company has made a fair success. Mr. Richard Mansfield's Lord Chancellor was the best impersonation in the cast. Mr. Walter Pelham will join this company.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 January 6 223: 262, col. 3 MAJOR AND MINOR. [complete transcription follows]
"IOLANTHE" is to be added to the repertoire of the Philadelphia Church Comic Opera Company.

The Musical Record 1883 January 13 224: 286, col. 2 MAJOR AND MINOR. Assorted short news items about Iolanthe

The Musical Record 1883 January 20 225: 302, col. 3 MAJOR AND MINOR. Assorted short news items about Iolanthe

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 January 20 225: 303 "IDEALS" AT THE BIJOU. Letter with response about members of the Iolanthe cast with connections to the 'Ideal' Opera Company.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 January 20 225: 304 MAJOR AND MINOR. Assorted short news items about Iolanthe

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 January 27 226: 322, col. 3 MAJOR AND MINOR. [complete transcription follows]
CARTER. Music and Drama says that Mrs. H. E. H. Carter is to join an "Iolanthe" Company. Mrs. Carter is very successful as the soprano of the Emerson Concert Company, and we think the report must be erroneous.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 January 27 226: 324, col. 2 MAJOR AND MINOR. 50th performance of Iolanthe at the Bijou in Boston.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 January 27 226: 328, col. 1 [complete transcription follows]
GILBERT. Mr. J. A. Gilbert is making quite a success as the Lord Chancellor in Rice's 'Iolanthe' Company, No. 2.
MULLE. Miss Ida Mulle has signed a contract for a long term with manager E. E. Rice. She is the Phyllis of his 'Iolanthe' Company No. 2.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 February 3 227: 342, col. 3 MAJOR AND MINOR. [complete transcription follows]
IOLANTHE continues its prosperous career at the Bijou Theatre. The matinee performance of last Saturday attracted the largest audience ever assembled in the theatre, which is an indication that the piece is to hold the boards for an indefinite period.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 February 3 227: 344, col. 2 MAJOR AND MINOR. [complete transcription follows]
EDWARDS. Miss Fanny Edwards has replaced Miss Augusta Roche as the Fairy Queen in "Iolanthe" at the Standard Theatre, New York.

The Musical Record [Boston]1883 February 10 228: 363, col. 3 [complete transcription follows]
MR. JOHN HOWSON will head a comic opera company which will appear at the Boston Museum during the coming summer. The repertoire will probably include 'The Sorcerer,' 'Iolanthe,' etc.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 February 10 228: 366 ENGLAND. Reports corrections published in St James Gazette re. misstatements about the fairies & electricity at the Savoy.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 February 10 228: 369-371
Sheet music of the Iolanthe Waltz for piano, arranged by Le Baron.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 February 17 229: 383, col. 2. [UNSIGNED]. “Iolanthe." Also 2 news items about Edison and H.E. Dixey.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 March 10 232: 443, col. 3. MAJOR AND MINOR.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 March 24 234: 483, 485. MAJOR AND MINOR.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 March 31 235: 503. ECHOES FROM ALL POINTS.
          E. H. Massachusetts. New Bedford.
          LEE. Rhode Island. Newport.
          S. North Carolina. Wilmington.
          LONE STAR. Nebraska. Omaha. 

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 April 7 236: 521-523. ECHOES FROM ALL POINTS.
          X. Tennessee. Memphis. 
          M.L. Illinois. Chicago.
          G. Maryland. Baltimore. 
          J. Alabama. Mobile. 

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 April 7 236: 524, col. 2. MAJOR AND MINOR. 
[transcription follows] 'IOLANTHE' will be taken off the stage at the Bijou Theatre on its 150th performance on Wednesday evening, April 18th. 
[...] It is understood that Mr. H. E. Dixey will resume the character of the Lord Chancellor next week, and continue until 'Iolanthe' is taken off.

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 April 7 236: 526. OUR LETTER BOX. “Iolanthe.”

The Musical Record [Boston] 1883 April 7 236: 528. [UNSIGNED]. [dates and venues of Rice’s ‘Iolanthe’ Co. tour]

The Musical Standard 1901 December 14 16(415) [Full no. 1950]: 367-368. [BAUGHAN, Edward A.]. Comments and opinions. 

The Musical Times 1882 January 1 23(467): 34 [complete transcription follows]
We regret to hear that the state of Mr. Arthur Sullivan's health has necessitated his passing the winter in Egypt, where he will complete the music for the new comic opera which will succeed "Patience." The work will be produced simultaneously in England and America.

The Musical Times 1882 December 1 23(478): 664-665
Unsigned review

The Musical World 1882 December 2, 60(48): 747-748 
Review of Iolanthe reproduced from the Daily Telegraph

The Musical World 1883 January 6 61(1): 8 TO CORRESPONDENTS.
[a cryptic note, unsigned but bearing all the hallmarks of J.W. Davison, transcribed here in full]
DE BELLEVILLE. — Cert'nly. In our next. If "nobody could hit upon a practicable plan," Dr Beard may possibly seek and find an expedient ("act of expediency" — as about the Malvern range of hills and "enclosures," of which we have heard something lately).

The Musical World 1883 July 14 61(28): 434-435
Humorous letter by "Simon Half" [mentions "De Belville" and reproduces lyrics]

The Musical World 1883 October 6 61(40): 629
Letter from Richard D'Oyly Carte

The Musical World 1883 October 27 61(43): 673 Iolanthe. (Delayed in Transmission.)
Leading article on Iolanthe by "Polkaw"

The Musical World 1883 November 17 61(46): 717
Report from the Daily Telegraph on the 350th performance

The New York Herald 1882 November 25 16896: 3, cols 1-2 
Detailed description of plot

The New York Herald 1882 November 26 Sextuple Sheet 16897: 10, cols. 1- 3 
Reviews of both opening nights at the Savoy Theatre in London and the Standard Theatre in New York [includes description of rehearsal at the Savoy]

The New-York Times 1882 November 5 32(9723 Quadruple sheet): 2, cols. 2-3 RECORD OF AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
The authors have changed the name of the new opera, which has been called "Perola," but a cable dispatch from the London manager says that it is to be called "Iolanthe; or, The Peer and the Peri." It is to be produced simultaneously at the Savoy Theatre in London and the Standard Theatre here on the 25th of November, and during the following week in Philadelphia and Boston by additional companies already organized. The opera will be published as "Patience" was, and will doubtless become quite as popular. The cast in New-York will include Miss Reber, Miss Jansen, Miss Roche, Mr. Ryley, Mr. Carleton, Mr. Wilkinson, and Mr. Dunman.

The New-York Times1882 November 12 32(9729 Quadruple sheet): 9, col. 1 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS. News item about preparations for Iolanthe, including costume descriptions and quotes from the libretto.

The New-York Times 1882 November 14 32(9731): 5, col. 2 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
Now that it is definitely announced that "Rip Van Winkle" will have to be withdrawn after next week from the stage of the Standard Theatre to make room for Gilbert and Sullivan's new opera, "Iolanthe," according to contract, the public appreciation of the first-named work is manifest, and the nightly attendance is large and of the highest character.

The New-York Times 1882 November 16 32(9733): 5, col. 3 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
The advance sale of seats for the first performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's new opera, "Iolanthe; or, the Peer and the Peri," will begin at the Standard Theatre on Monday next. The opera will be produced simultaneously at the Savoy Theatre, london, and the Standard Theatre in this City on the evening of the 25th inst.