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Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado


Fri 5 Sep 2014, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 6 Sep 2014, 2:00pm–4:30pm
Sat 6 Sep 2014, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: The Opera House, 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: MarjorieMckee

Presented by Wellington G&S Light Opera

The Mikado, the best loved comic opera of all time, relishes the many hilarious situations that arise when he (the Emperor of Japan) comes to inspect the workings of local officialdom in the town of Titipu, incidentally searching for his son who has fled the attentions of an aging lady of his court.
The Mikado declares that he seeks “to make the punishment fit the crime” but behind an urbane exterior is perceived a relish for retributions ranging from social embarrassment to death by “boiling oil… or melted lead”. The officials who have failed to comply with the Mikado’s edicts are faced with particularly gruesome consequences, and their spin-doctoring antics are reminiscent of Yes, Prime Minister, and many politicians. Gilbert’s Japanese setting provides a delightful guise for revealing the familiar foibles of officialdom and of everyday people everywhere. The show is touring fully staged with cast of 40 singers and 24 players to Sullivan’s original orchestration.

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