Perhaps Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular and most performed operetta, this Japanese inspired story has some of the most memorable of their songs including; 'Three Little Maids from School', 'I've got a Little List', 'A Wandering Minstrel' and 'A Most Humane Mikado'. Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado, arrives in disguise in the town of Titipu to escape his betrothal to the rather aged Katisha. Here, he falls in love with Yum-Yum, the reluctant fiancee of Ko-Ko the executioner (who doesn't execute people). Meanwhile, the Mikado comes to visit Pooh-Bah, the spiv of a town mayor, seeking some public executions and Katisha arrives seeking her betrothed ... plans are uregently required to make everyone happy and nobody headless. With a brilliant and audacious stroke, Chris Monks' uproarious production take the action from Japan to Titipu Cricket Club, somewhere in England. To the uninitiated cricket is incomprehensible, like 19th century Japanese life - rule ridden and ritualistic, hide-bound by tradition, its hierarchy secretive and inscrutable, its officials having the power of life and death.Performers Nicky Adams (Yum Yum), Chris Garner (Pish Tush), Howard Gay (Pooh-Bah), Lana Green (Mrs Pooh-Bah), Shobna Gulati (Pitti-Sing), Ian McLarnon (Nanki-Poo), Alan McMahon (Ko-Ko), Christian Newton (First Team Captain), Carol Noakes (Katisha), Paula Scott (Groundsman), Deborah Stokes (Peep-Bo), Colin Wakefield (The Mikado).
Music A.Sullivan. Lyrics W.S.Gilbert. Company New Vic Theatre. Director Chris Monks. Design Lis Evans. Director Richard Atkinson (music). Director Tim Sutton (music). Sound James Earls-Davis. Lighting Jo Dawson. Choreographer James McPherson.