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. Sung in English, with lyrics projected above the stagePerformers Richard Suart (Ko-Ko), Anthony Gregory (Nanki-Poo), Mary Bevan (Yum-Yum), Graeme Danby (Pooh-Bah), Yvonne Howard (Katisha), Robert Lloyd (The Mikado of Japan), George Humphreys (Pish-Tush), Rachael Lloyd (Pitti-Sing).
Music A.Sullivan. Lyrics W.S.Gilbert. Company English National Opera. Company Houston Grand Opera. Company Los Angeles Music Center Opera. Conductor Fergus Macleod. Director Jonathan Miller. Director Elaine Tyler-Hall (revival director). Design Stefanos Lazaridis. Costume Sue Blane. Lighting Davy Cunningham. Choreographer Anthony van Laast.