The Mikado

Wed 26 July 7pm        Amphitheatre


The Mikado    

by Gilbert and Sullivan

In the town of Titipu flirting has been made illegal. The penalty, by order of The Mikado, is death. Too bad then that the main culprit is the Lord High Executioner Ko-Ko, who wishes to marry his beautiful young ward Yum-Yum, and who has no intention of executing himself. Can the itinerant musician Nanki-Poo be persuaded to be executed in his place?

Gilbert & Sullivan’s wry comic opera is set in Japan, but its satire of the ways a lie can be twisted into a truth is perhaps more blisteringly relevant to the political landscape of the English-speaking world than ever before! Performed by a cast of 6 actor/singers accompanied by a musical director on keyboards, it gets the complete Illyria treatment, and is produced on a stage boasting a strikingly large (and authentic) Japanese torii gate. Despite the reduction in scale not a single word from WS Gilbert's libretto is cut, nor a single note or harmony from Sir Arthur Sullivan's score unsung.

Recommended for adults and children aged 5+. Running time: 2 hours including interval.

Tickets: £15 (discounts: £12), students: £9. Family of four: £38


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