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The Town of Titipu or The Mikado is a beautiful, playful and funny opera production whose interesting plot and amusing lyrics make this story of deception and forbidden love a fan-favorite creation around the world. The two act comic opera remains as one of the most popular works of Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert who have together written fourteen operas.
The hilarious show made its debut in March 1885 at the Savoy Theatre in London which was considered as one of the longest running pieces during that era. The frequently performed Savoy Opera has been translated into several different languages and continues to delight the comic lovers around the world.
The story revolves around the Mikado of Japan who allows Gilbert to mock the political institutions of Britain. Gilbert uses comical libretto in the show to lighten the effect of his pointed satire of British institutions. The sets, costumes and mannerisms on display might be Japanese but the character names have got British expressions. Apart from The Mikado, Gilbert has also made contributions to other operatic productions including Princess Ida, The Gondoliers and The Grand Duke. Once the Princess Ida production succeeded with flying colors, the producer, Richard D'Oyly Carte realized that nobody was working on a new creation. Therefore, in March 1884, Carte requested Gilbert and Sullivan to create a new opera within the next six months and The Mikado production premiered shortly afterwards.
When the production premiered, many people did not know what to expect from this comedy opera but they actually loved every minute of it. Today, opera lovers are even more delighted to see that Jonathan Miller has retained the originality and freshness of the opera as it was there during the old D'Oyly Carte days.
In the 1986 production by Jonathan Miller, Jean Rigby, Lesley Garrett and Susan Bullock have played the role of inaugural Three Little Maids; Bonaventura Bottone has played Nanki-Poo and Eric Idle has appeared as the tennis-playing Ko-Ko.
The directors and choreographers have added a unique dramatic touch to give a nice shape to the production. The plot is hilarious and the setting in the thirties further complements the story. The music is varied and interesting; you would particularly love to hear the Tit Willow and the Lord High Executioners song. It is lovely to watch the meticulous dance moves of the performers especially those of Richard Stuart as Ko-Ko and Donald Maxwell as Pooh-Ba. They love to perform on stage and their excitement just bubbles over to the audience within seconds. The brilliant tap-dancing of the opera could add to your lifetime memories because the whole show including the music, acting and sets are a rare visual treat, so do not forget to grab your share of The Mikado tickets.
The Maikado features a carefully selected cast that sets the right tone of the creation while delivering a fantastic performance. The fans love to watch Tenor Joshua Kohl and soprano Sarah Jane McMahon together because they have a perfect chemistry between them. Musically, the performance is everything an opera lover could ask for. On top of this, the orchestra under Mark Ferrell performs the Sullivan's score marvelously and the chorus delivers a consistently fine performance throughout the show. The Lyric's refined version of this production is also filled with bubbly energy and ear-splitting grins. All in all, it is a great performance with amazing scenery and costumes that will hold your attention from start till the end of the show.
The Mikado has made a triumphant return to give you some good belly laughs. The creation is made for children and adults alike; the attendees giggle with glee when the cast runs around the theater with various instruments and props. It has a diverse repertoire of performances ranging from tender to witty to ridiculous acts. Pick your share of The Mikado tickets to lighten up your mood. It is a family friendly show that gives you value for money, so rush now to book your deals.