The full cast has been announced for Charles Court Opera’s smart, stylish, sparkling fresh version of the most loved of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic masterpieces, The Mikado.
The Mikado, directed by CCO Artistic Director John Savournin, who recently directed Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial By Jury for Opera North, will run at the King’s Head Theatre, Islington, from Thursday 22 March to Saturday 21 April.
The cast features such CCO favourites as Philip Lee and Alys Roberts (last seen in King Tut – A Pyramid Panto) and Matthew Palmer (last seen in the Trafalgar Studios transfer of the King’s Head Theatre’s La Bohéme) alongside some brand new faces for what promises to be a hilarious, inventive and downright entertaining show, suitable for operetta lovers and newcomers alike.
Behind the closed doors at the British Consulate in the town of Titipu, Japan, the scheming, slippery Lord High Executioner is about to hatch one plot too far, with far-reaching and hilarious consequences for everyone involved, especially when the Mikado himself arrives… With such timeless comic songs as A wandering minstrel, I, I’ve got a little list and Three little maids from school and a brand new setting, this is The Mikado as you’ve never seen it before
Full cast: Matthew Palmer (The Mikado/Pish-Tush), Jack Roberts (Nanki-Poo), Philip Lee (Ko-Ko, except 6 – 8 April) Stephen Godward (Pooh-Bah, 31 March, 1 – 7 April /13 April /15 – 21 April), Matthew Kellett (Pooh-Bah ( 22 – 30 March/8 – 12 April, 14 April), Alys Roberts (Yum-Yum), Jessica Temple (Pitti-Sing), Corinne Cowling (Peep-Bo), Matthew Siveter (Katisha), John Savournin (Ko-Ko, three performances only, 6 – 8 April).
John Savournin said: “I’m very excited to be rediscovering this opera and looking at the setting with 21st century glasses on; to consider its place in today’s social climate, and to embrace afresh its humour, pathos, and the downright genius craftsmanship of one of Britain’s most prolific writing partnerships.”