Fun, Silliness, and Mockery.
Three Little Maids Hit the Swinging '60s!
Since it was first performed over 130 years ago, The Mikado has been the most popular and frequently presented of all Gilbert and Sullivan’s shows.
Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado, loves Yum-Yum, but she’s betrothed to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner. When the Mikado orders a beheading, Nanki-Poo and Ko-Ko try to come to an arrangement that doesn’t involve anyone losing their head. Naturally, complications arise!
Packed full of memorable melodies, perhaps the most famous is the Lord High Executioner’s ‘Little List’ song, the topical highlight of many productions – this one will be no exception.
G&S shows are well known for their witty and satirical libretti, expressing political opinion and poking fun at the British establishment. The Mikado may have been set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, capitalising on the popularity at the time of all things Japanese, but it is well understood that Gilbert intended this to be a ruse for its true setting, Britain.
No stranger to updating shows (his Carmen placed the production more than 100 years later than Bizet), BCOS Director Martin Quinn has transported the action from Japan to an English village fete in the swinging ‘60s. With plenty of opportunities for added fun, silliness and mockery of the powerful, The Mikado will again demonstrate for all of us the fundamental absurdity of life.
Tickets go on sale from July and, if the past couple of years are anything to go buy, will sell very quickly! Don't miss out!!
7.30pm May 28-30
doors & licensed bar from 6:45pm
Running time: 2 hours inc interval