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After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband until it is inspired to write the masterpiece "The Mikado."

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Louis
Sukie Smith ...
Clothilde
Roger Heathcott ...
Banton
Wendy Nottingham ...
Helen Lenoir
Stefan Bednarczyk ...
Frank Cellier
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
Armourer
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Richard Temple (The Mikado)
Francis Lee ...
Butt
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Cook
Adam Searle ...
Shrimp
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Lucy Gilbert
Kate Doherty ...
Mrs. Judd
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After their production "Princess Ida" meets with less-than-stunning reviews, the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan is strained to breaking. Their friends and associates attempt to get the two to work together again, which opens the way to "The Mikado," one of the duo's greatest successes. Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

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£10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£139,700 (UK) (18 February 2000)

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$6,201,757 (USA) (19 May 2000)
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Trivia

Most modern recordings and performances of the Mikado's solo, "A More Humane Mikado" feature a bloodthirsty laugh between the verses. This touch was added by Darrel Fancourt, a D'Oyly Carte performer from 1920-1953, and has been copied ever since - which is why the laugh is not performed by Richard Temple (Timothy Spall). See more »

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When Gilbert enters the night's take for Princess Ida in his ledger, the date can be seen to be listed as Monday, 10 June, 1884. That date actually occurred on a Tuesday in that year. See more »

Quotes

[rehearsing a scene]
George Grossmith: [annoyed] "Well, a nice mess you've got us into, with your nodding head, and the deference due to a man of pedigree!"
Gilbert: Mr. Grossmith, you are under sentence of death, "by something lingering, either boiling oil or melted lead." Kindly bear that in mind.
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Soundtracks

The Mikado Finale, Act Two
(1885)
from "The Mikado"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert
Performed by the entire cast
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Artfully Constructed and one of the year's best films.
21 August 2000 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Much has been said here regarding the brilliant costumes, art direction and acting. The one thing I would like to point out is the misconception many have had about the script itself.

Several comments here have claimed that the film is "clunky" in that several scenes apparently added nothing to the film. They also said there was no character development. I think these people need to realize that the depth they seek is contained in the very scenes they wished excised. Which show us all of the different aspects of these characters' lives.

While appearing to be unimportant, empty or simple these many scenes reveal incalculable depth and character insight. The rehearsal scene for just one example, while seeming initially to be a little comedic scene shows us the nature and attitude of both the author and the actors involved in their creative processes.

The performance scenes are also not superfluous as some have wrongly asserted. We can see the characters we have come to know and how they deal onstage with the problems we know they have in their lives: through expressing themselves in their art!!!

In addition the scenes are not arbitrarily strung together but all contain a subtle cause and effect throughline. Sometimes these are reversed as when a cause is revealed only after we have repeatedly seen the effect (as in the revelation of Grossman's illness). Many of the scenes which people have called "tacked on" at the end (like the stunning scene between Gilbert and his wife Kitty) are in fact set up in the earlier parts of the film if you pay close attention and are in actuality a natural progression of these relationships.

Even the very last scene when the leading lady sings is there to show us her identification with the song she is singing and therefore an indirect relationship with her lyricist and composer. This film needs to be seen more than once to appreciate how well constructed it truly is


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