Gilbert and Sullivan hold a special place in the hearts of London theatre fans around the country thanks to their comic operas, which retain a strong grip on popular culture. With this in mind, there is little introduction required for the latest appearance of their most acclaimed piece of work – “The Mikado”.
But this version is not the same as the one that was first seen by audiences at the Savoy Theatre in 1885; it is the version re-interpreted by Jonathan Miller in 1986, when the action of Japan was transferred to a hotel in an English 1920s sea resort.
Both versions are popular and either one of them is capable of attracting a sizable audience to the stage, so when theatre tickets become available theatregoers will flock to The London Coliseum where this latest staging of a classic comic opera comes to life.
W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan were behind a range of pieces during their time in the spotlight in the second half of the 19th century. Whilst “The Mikado” is perhaps their most popular works, they also brought the world “The Pirates of Penzance”, “H.M.S. Pinafore”, “The Grand Duke”, “The Gondoliers” and “Princess Ida”, among others. Together, as lyricist and composer respectively, they put together pieces that continue to be performed regularly, with future audiences likely to enjoy their work for many years to come.
In the original version of “The Mikado” audiences visited Japan and witnessed a satire of British politics. In this version, which premiered in 1986 with Eric Idle and Lesley Garrett in lead roles, we visit England in the first half of the twentieth century, though the story is still very much “The Mikado”.
Audiences can witness “The Mikado” at the London Coliseum when it begins its run there on Saturday 1st December 2012. It is then set to continue into the New Year.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 1st December 2012|
|Booking Until:||Thursday, 31st January 2013|
|Running Time:||2hrs 35mins|
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