New co-production with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company
Following their 2013 hit with The Pirates of Penzance, director Martin Lloyd-Evans and choreographer Steve Elias return with one of the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas. With a storyline packed with anti-Establishment silliness, and self-serving politicians that are all too recognisable today, this playful show is full of family fun, performed to the highest standards.
The Mikado has decreed that flirting should be punishable by death. But when his son Nanki-Poo falls for the beautiful Yum-Yum, it looks like someone might be heading for the executioner’s block. Unfortunately for Nanki-Poo, Ko-Ko the Lord High Executioner also has Yum-Yum in his sights. Can a case of mistaken identity save the day?
Sullivan’s sunny and sparkling score is perfectly matched by Gilbert’s satirical lyrics, showing the pair at the height of their creative powers. From the famous ‘Three little maids’ and ‘Tit-willow’ to the witty ‘I’ve got a little list’, the show features some of G&S’s most recognisable tunes.
We welcome back several of the team from The Pirates of Penzance including Richard Suart, Nicholas Sharratt, Rebecca Bottone, former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Sioned Gwen Davies and conductor Derek Clark. Baritone Stephen Richardson sings The Mikado, with comic genius Andrew Shore as Pooh-Bah.
“Brilliantly cast, it is also staged with a vibrancy and style that makes it bowl along delightfully...” ★★★★★ The Herald
“visually resplendent” ★★★★ The Stage
“a sparkling piece of entertainment” ★★★★ Daily Record
Sung in English with English supertitles. Running time 2 hours 20 minutes approximately
Saturday 28 May, 7.30pm
Thursday 26 May
Excellent performance but the acoustics were slightly too low (and it's not often I say this). First night though so hopefully will be rectified.