The Mikado

15 - 18 February 2017, Nuffield Theatre Southampton

LOpSoc went once again to the Nuffield Theatre with a fresh and unique production of “The Mikado”, one of the most loved and best lasting Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. With a new aesthetic twist and setting, witty libretto and gorgeous music, this is a production to please newcomers and G&S fans alike.

"The outcome? Another wonderdul performance." - Soton Tab review

"...a brave attempt to explore a different side of the Japanese culture." - Daily Echo review

The tale begins when three children decide to fold origami figures. They play with their creations, naming each one and imagining a story for them. However the three friends do not always agree on the proceedings... Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado, fled the imperial court to escape marriage with Katisha. Disguised, he falls in love with Yum-Yum, who is already betrothed to her guardian Ko-Ko, the soft-hearted Lord High Executioner of Titipu. Meanwhile, Katisha discovers Nanki-Poo's whereabouts, and the Mikado send orders that an execution must happen within a month if the town wishes to keep its status. Intersecting love triangles, political intrigue, disguised identities and lots of origami meet in Titipu.

Principal Cast

Yum-Yum: Amy Wardle
Pitti-Sing: Emma Paull
Peep-Bo: Amber Courage
Katisha: Jenny Samuel
Nanki-Poo: Barnaby Wilson
Ko-Ko: Ben Walker
Pooh-Bah: Phil Needle
Pish-Tush: Richard Kille
The Mikado: Joe Hand
Wendy: Nadia Fundell
Peter: Patrick Edwards
James: Isaac Treuherz

Production Team

Directors: Billy Boulton & George Smith
Musical Director: David Child
Assistant Musical Directors: Natasha Bennetts & Liam Chan
Choreographer: Renata Stella
Producers: Renata Stella, Isaac Treuherz, Lucy Rose & Venetia Matthews
Costumes: Amber Courage & Eris Perring
Technical Directors: David Young & Tom Pell

Tech crew: Stage Technician's Society (StageSoc) and NST Technicians