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The Mikado

An enduringly popular operetta, its sly topsy-turvy tale and self-deprecating humour satirised the established social norms of etiquette and bureaucracy in Victorian England.

Nanki-Poo, the in-disguise son of The Mikado has fled court to avoid an arranged marriage, arriving in the picturesque town of Titipu to marry his own beloved, the beautiful Yum-Yum. She is however, engaged to Ko-Ko, a recently promoted Lord High Executioner, previously arrested on the charge of flirting.

An edict from The Mikado demands a quota execution, but Koko cannot bring himself to kill anyone; concurrently Nanki-Poo declares he cannot live without Yum-Yum and plans to end it all.

An idea is ignited to give them both what they want – a month of honeymoon happiness for the sweethearts, followed by a decidedly abrupt but agreed executioner’s ending. However, the arrival in town of the spurned Katisha lands everyone in hot water. Will the punishment fit the crime?

With melodious mischief and preposterous plots, the tangled web unravels, you’ll just have to see how everyone ends up singing happily ever after.

GSOV is proud to present a vibrant and colourful new staging which will creatively intertwine Gilbert’s imagined Japan with a respectful nod to the country’s traditional culture. Supported by much-admired Musical Director Timothy John Wilson, audiences are in for a treat with a reinvigorated interpretation of a much-loved classic.

19th – 22nd July 2018

With the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria Orchestra

5 Performances - Running time approx 2hrs 30mins

Thursday 19th July 8:00pm
Friday 20th July 8:00pm
Saturday 21st July 2:00pm
Saturday 21st July 8:00pm
Sunday 22nd July 2:00pm

Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre
Cnr Bell Street & St. Georges Road,
Preston VIC 3072

Box Office: (03) 8470 8282

Adult: $43
Student: $28
Concession: $37
Child (Under 16): $22
Group 10+: $35
Family of 3 (Max 1 Adult): $78
Family of 4 (Max 2 Adults): $117

Also performed at Mount Beauty Community Centre, on 4th August. Principals:
The Mikado of Japan - Andrew Alesi
Nanki-Poo – Cameron Sibly
Ko-Ko – Luke Belle
Pooh-Bah - Gianfranco Filonzi
Pish-Tush – Paul Tooby
Yum-Yum – Sofia Laursen Habel
Pitti-Sing - Melanie O'Brien
Peep-Bo - Bonnie Keynes
Katisha - Jordan Kahler

WS Gilbert - Ben Klein
Arthur Sullivan - Timothy Wilson
Richard D'Oyly Carte - Damian Vuleta

Gentlemen of Japan
David Bradaska, Peter George, Michael Hammelmann
Sam Hargreaves, Declan Jones, Ken Knight
Ben Klein, Chris McInnis, Lou Monteret
Peter Spowart, Jamie Tampion, Damian Vuleta
David Wilson, Traci Voss, Kevin Yap

Schoolgirls and Teachers
Anna Castle, Alicia Da Costa, Annette Dick
Robyn Hannan, Caroline Jones, Theresa Lam
Veronika Larson, Dominique Musico, Grace Rennie
Elizabeth Rusli, Andrea Tappe


The Director, Andrew McGrail, talks to Bill Watts of 3WBC in this live-to-air interview.



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