Iolanthe, the eighth work of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, premiered at the Savoy Theatre of London in 1882. Although considered an operetta, Iolanthe is now considered a major influence on modern musical theatre. Iolanthe pays tribute to many major works of the nineteenth century, including Mendelssohn's A Mid Summer Night's Dream and Wagner's Ring Cycle, which premiered earlier in 1882. The plot satirizes the British government by portraying the House of Lords battling immortal fairies for control. After a terrifying bill is passed, with fairy influence, which makes entry into Parliament dependent on intelligence rather than class, the fairies marry the Lords. The operetta ends with Parliament able to be restocked with intelligence. This is sure to a comedy that will delight any audience.