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The Mikado (1996)

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In a mythical Japan, Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor, has been appointed Lord High Executioner and must find someone to execute before the arrival of the ruling Mikado. He lights upon Nanki-Poo, a ... See full summary »


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In a mythical Japan, Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor, has been appointed Lord High Executioner and must find someone to execute before the arrival of the ruling Mikado. He lights upon Nanki-Poo, a strolling minstrel who loves the beautiful Yum-Yum. But Yum-Yum is also loved by Ko-Ko, and Nanki-Poo, seeing no hope for his love, considers suicide. Ko-Ko offers to solve both their problems by executing Nanki-Poo, and an agreement is reached whereby Ko-Ko will allow Nanki-Poo to marry Yum-Yum for one month, at the end of which Nanki-Poo will be executed, in time for the arrival of the Mikado. But what Ko-Ko doesn't know is that Nanki-Poo is the son of the Mikado and has run away to avoid a betrothal to an old harridan named Katisha. The arrival of the Mikado brings all the threads of the tale together. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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My least favourite of the three but still entertaining
1 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The same Esgee company who did this production also did The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore, both of which I liked more. Not that the Mikado was bad or anything like it, but pace wise it doesn't have the energy of especially HMS Pinafore. This is mostly because there are some jokes and gags that are rather drawn out and one or two of them, such as the nose mucus, don't quite work.

That said, a lot of the dialogue is very funny, the best coming from Ko-Ko, though Po-Bah(with the arguments between him and the conductor this time about notes) and the Singing Singlettes have their moments too. This despite the flaws is an entertaining production with very nice oriental-looking set and costume design. The G&S tunes, arranged and conducted very interestingly for synthesised band, are outstanding, the choreography refreshing and energetic and the story while dragging a tad in spots is fun.

The cast like Pirates and Pinafore do give it their all. Derek Metzger is a dashing Nanki-Poo, and Terri Crouch is an alluring Yum-Yum even if her accent crept in a lot. David Gould is imposing in the titular role, and Bev Schean as Katisha cuts a fine figure on stage and possesses a very limpid alto voice. The three Singing Singlettes are a lot of fun, and while his material wasn't as funny as it was in Pirates Jon English has his moments as Po-Bah. This time though, it was Drew Forsythe who really captivated, his comic timing is just superb.

All in all, entertaining. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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