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The Ratepayers Programme for the Phoenix theatre

The Ratepayers' Iolanthe

The Ratepayers cartoon drawing showing Ken Livingston and Margaret Thatcher

An extravagent concotion of parody of Gilbert and Sullivan, Mrs Thatcher and Ken Livingston. Launched as a political self-defensive squib by the Greater London Council, to try and stop its closure. Mrs Thatcher is presented as a usurping and predatory Fairy Queen trying to get Red Ken off the GLC and into parliment to be useless among Labour Backbenchers.

Presented by - Raymond Gubbay in association with The GLC (Greater London Council) The Ratepayer’s Iolanthe ran at the Queen Elizabeth Hall 25 July - 11 August 1984 then The Phoenix Theatre from 23 August - 3 November 1984.


Based on - the operetta’s of Gilbert And Sullivan
Adapted by Ned Sherrin and Alistair Beaton
Directed by Ned Sherrin
Costume Designer - Daphne Dare
Musical Staging - Lindsay Dolan
Musical Director - John Owen Edwards
Lighting Designer - Benny Ball
Sound Design - Derek Zeiba

Gaye Brown - Queen Of The Fairies
David Firth - Saatchi 1
Doug Fisher - Chancellor Of The Exchequer
Gay Soper - Phyllis
Gay Soper - Saatchi 2
Denis Nelson - Red Strephon

The cast