Emperor of Japan is coming to Outwell thanks to Upwell Gilbert & Sullivan Society
PUBLISHED: 16:20 03 April 2018
Upwell Gilbert & Sullivan Society will perform The Mikado on April 12, 13 and 14.
Rehearsals are well underway for the Emperor of Japan’s visit to Outwell Methodist Church.
The Emperor, or Mikado as he is also known will be starring in the production.
The Mikado remains Gilbert & Sullivan’s most popular opera containing some of their best known numbers – Three Little Maids from School, A Wandering Minstrel and Tit Willow to name but a few. It was the ninth of the fourteen collaborations between Gilbert & Sullivan. It opened in London in March 1885 where it ran for 672 performances, the longest initial run of any of the series. Setting the opera in Japan, allowed Gilbert to satirise British politics and institutions more freely by disguising them as Japanese. The result is a hilarious swipe at the British Establishment.
The story tells of Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado, who has fled the royal court because he has the misfortune to be loved by the elderly and overpowering Katisha.
He now travels the country disguised as a wandering minstrel.
A year earlier he had met and fallen in love with Yum-Yum one of the wards of Ko-Ko, a cheap taylor recently appointed to the post of Lord High Executioner of Titipu. Matters are complicated by the fact that Ko-Ko himself wants to marry Yum-Yum. Nanki-Poo has a solution, to which Ko-Ko reluctantly agrees. Needless to say matters get totally out of hand and get much worse before they get better.
Eventually, however, in true G & S style the opera concludes to everyone’s satisfaction.
For more information and to reserve seats call 01945 773070. Tickets are £7.50 for adults or £4 for juniors. Visit www.upwellgands.weebly.com for more information.