Seriously funny opera

The Mikado comes to the Kings.
The Mikado comes to the Kings.
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The University of Portsmouth Dramatic and Musical Society returns to the Kings Theatre, Southsea, with one of the most popular operettas of all time, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado.

Set in Japan the comic opera tells the tale of wandering minstrel Nanki-Poo who has fallen deeply in love with Yum-Yum. Unfortunately she is already betrothed to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner.

Ko-Ko needs to find someone to execute, and when he sees Nanki-Poo about to commit suicide it seems he has the perfect solution.

However Nanki-Poo’s price for acquiescence is that he lives his final month married to Yum-Yum and chaos ensues.

For this production, music director Colin Jagger has produced new materials from Sullivan’s autograph manuscript together with Gilbert’s pre-production prompt book.

This new production is produced by Charlie Cox and features the full university orchestra.

The Mikado comes to the Kings Theatre from February 27 until March 1. Tickets: £13 . Visit kings-southsea.com or call (023) 9282 8282 for further details.