Hot Mikado - Landor Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
THEATRICA Ltd is presenting Hot Mikado at the Landor Theatre – from Wednesday, October 10 to Saturday, November 3, 2012.
Picture a little town in Japan where flirting is punishable by death. Unsurprisingly, its citizens are finding the law rather tiresome. They appoint Ko Ko, a lowly tailor, as Lord High Executioner, himself condemned for flirting and so not likely to execute anyone.
Throw in the beautiful Yum Yum, her ardent admirer Nanki-Poo, errant son of the Mikado, and the man-eater Katisha, and you have one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most famous comic operas in all its wonderful absurdity.
According to the press release, Hot Mikado features an intoxicating mix of styles and influences, with classics such as A Wand’ring Minstrel I and Three Little Maids being transmuted into show-stopping blues, swing, hot gospel numbers and scorching torch songs.
East meets West head-on in what is described as an hilarious 1940’s-style update of a Gilbert and Sullivan favourite.
Hot Mikado has book and lyrics adapted by David H. Bell and music adapted and arranged by Rob Bowman.
Performed by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of the authors, the new production is directed by Robert McWhir and has choreography by Robbie O’Reilly, musical direction by Michael Webborn and lighting by Richard Lambert.
Hot Mikado was originally produced at Ford’s Theatre, Washington DC and was nominated for Best New Musical at the 1995 Olivier Awards.
Tickets: £20, £18 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7737 7276 or online at landortheatre.co.uk/.
Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.