Sunday 14 March 2010

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The Mikado

Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado (or The Town of Titipu)
(semi-staged concert performance)

A special all-star semi-staged performance to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Gilbert and Sullivan’s crowning masterpiece, The Mikado.

In 1885, Gilbert had the inspired idea of transporting mid-Victorian England into an oriental setting in a hilarious tale poking delicious fun at the politics and politicians of the day. Gilbert’s witty lyrics introduce The Mikado’s comic characters and Sullivan’s bountiful score is a sparkling gem, speeding the story along with a host of toe-tapping greats, including ‘Three Little Maids from School’, ‘Tit-Willow’, 'The Sun, Whose Rays’ and ‘The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring’. The performance features master of mimicry Alistair McGowan.

‘Mr McGowan certainly makes a big impression’ (Daily Mail, January 2008).

Performers

London Concert Orchestra
Richard Balcombe conductor
Alistair McGowan The Mikado of Japan
David Curry Nanki-Poo
Bruce Graham Pooh-Bah
Giles Davies Pish-Tush
Simon Butteriss Ko-ko
Rebecca Bottone Yum-Yum
Sophie Louise Dann Pitti-Sing
Anna Lowe Peep-Bo
Jill Pert Katisha
London Concert Chorus