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  BCOS

Bicester Choral
& Operatic Society

Yeah Baby!! 
 June 3rd-5th 2021

Fun, Silliness, and Mockery.
Three Little Maids Hit the Swinging '60s!

The Covid Challenge! - live performance!!!!

Despite all the challenges 2020 brought, we are determined to bring this show to you in 2021.
It may be a little different to our original intentions, both for performers and importantly for you our audience.  We aim to put together a socially distanced performance; which will present its challenges; presenting a socially distanced version is no simple task!


To comply with social distancing, audience numbers will reduce from 220 per night to ~90.  Audience members will be seated cabaret-style, at tables, maintaining social distance from other attendees.
We will be asking the audience to fully embrace the 21st century; online ticket sales only, along with online orders for interval drinks, the introduction of 'app' based ordering, and access to a 'virtual' programme. On this occasion you will not hear the announcement 'please turn off your mobile phones!' (although you will be told to set them to silent!)


The production itself will, out of necessity, differ from the original approach.

First and foremost, it will be something more akin to a semi-staged/concert performance.  

BUT....

  • The cast will be fully costumed in their stunning 1960s fashions. 
  • There will be a set, lights, backdrop. 
  • The principal performers will perform, socially distanced, front and centre. 


Audiences will get to witness live theatre/performance for the first time in over a year.



Audience members seated cabaret-style, at tables, maintaining social distance from other attendees.
tables in three tiers, floor level for first two rows, 3rd row raised slightly, 4th & 5th rows raised approx. 2ft.
Booking will be by booking a complete table.
Click on the image to see more clearly.

Ticket Sales

Presenting the show socially distanced is a challenge not only practically, but also financially. 

As a result we will be selling tickets for Friday and Saturday nights first.
Only when these nights are at capacity will we consider opening ticket sales for Thursday night.  We're aiming for tickets to go on sale from 3rd May and, if the past couple of years are anything to go buy, will sell very quickly! Don't miss out!!

Plot

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.

Our Production

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 a quintessentially 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 £14 available from 3rd May

Online from TicketSource 

7.30pm June 3 - 5 

doors & licensed bar from 6:45pm

Running time: 2 hours inc interval


Use the BUTLR app to order your refreshments on the day.
Click on the logo to get the app

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