Gilbert & Sullivan’s
Director & Music Director – Ian Wesley
Director & Choreographer – Mel Hogan
The action takes place a small town that is ruled over by a far-away benevolent dictator. However, trouble is afoot. In order to keep scandal at bay, flirting has been banned on pain of death, and, with the local tailor the first to be convicted, an executioner must be found. The locals quickly appoint the convicted man to the exulted position, knowing full well that he won’t ever execute himself or anyone else, and so they are all safe to carry on with their romantic dalliances. Things get complicated with the arrival of a mysterious singer and three college girls. Then the benevolent dictator sends a letter: Why has no-one been executed for flirting…?
Opening in 1885, The Mikado is Gilbert and Sullivan’s most successful collaboration, running for two years in its initial run, an unheard-of success at the time. Gilbert used a fantasy Japanese setting to disguise his satirical tale of small-town politics.
There have been many different versions of The Mikado produced since copyright expired. Some have used new musical arrangements (the ESSGEE version), some new scripts (Hot Mikado, Swing Mikado, Jazz Mikado).
Our production will use the original music but move the action to a contemporary Australian Outback town. There will be some changes to the script and lyrics to accommodate this change, but nothing that (we hope) will affect the enjoyment of the story.