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A staging of "The Mikado" set in an English country hotel during the 1920s. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Eric Idle ... Ko-Ko
Lesley Garrett ... Yum-Yum
Bonaventura Bottone ... Nanki-Poo
Richard Van Allan ... Pooh-Bah
Felicity Palmer ... Katisha
Richard Angas ... The Mikado of Japan
Susan Bullock ... Peep-Bo
Ethna Robinson ... Pitti-Sing
Mark Richardson ... Pish-Tush
Findlay Wilson ... Katisha's Unrequited Lover
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kevan Allen ... Ensemble
Bret Macey ... Chorus
Marian Martin ... Chorister (uncredited)

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John Michael Phillips 
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William S. Gilbert  operetta

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John Michael Phillips .... producer
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Jonathan Miller .... stage director

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
great costumes, great dialogue, great fun, 7 June 2005
Author: myIDwastaken from United States

I really enjoy this particular production of "The Mikado." The producers added a few touches throughout to make it more amusing for modern audiences -- for instance, "As Some Day It May Happen" (the "little list" song) is completely updated, and a few lines are ad-libbed throughout the play. Liberties were also taken with the setting. The costumes are not Japanese, but rather 1920s English (although some of the "Tittipudlian" girls wear '20s-inspired kimonos). This production is well-choreographed with some 1920s dance styles, and there are some extra dancing maids and bellhops to keep your eyes (as well as ears) entertained during the songs. If you're a Gilbert & Sullivan purist these changes may bother you, but I think they're fine -- and I love the costumes!

Felicity Palmer (Katisha) is absolutely hilarious; all of her scenes make me laugh out loud (one of my favorite add-ons is when she first makes an entrance -- the dancing bellhops annoy her with their antics, so she screeches at the top of her voice, "STOP IT!!!"). All of the other main characters do a fine job as well. I particularly like Mark Richardson as Pish-Tush (that toupee!) and Lesley Garrett as Yum-Yum.

You must keep in mind that this is a stage production being filmed and set your expectations accordingly. There is no change of setting, although the filmmakers used some 1930s film techniques to add interest. If there is one draw-back to this production, it is that the stage makeup wasn't modified for close-up shots with a camera. Foundation lines are often visible and there seems to be a surplus of eyeliner, lipstick, and blush everywhere. I've seen this sort of thing happen before with films of plays, and it's a little jarring at first. However, I hope you'll get used to it and enjoy "The Mikado" for what it's worth -- a thoroughly enjoyable rendition of a classic!

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