20 February - 17 March 2013
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W.S. Gilbert
From the producers of Ruddigore and The Pirates of Penzance comes another topsy-turpy Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The Mikado.
This hilarious tale of love, corruption, marriage and heroics brings to life some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most colourful and popular characters from Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah and Nanki-Poo. The most famous of all of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta may be set in Japan but focussed entirely at English subjects and institutions.
Director Matthew Johnson transports The Mikado from the oriental town of Titipu to the gentrified eccentric English world of a golf club, complete with its honoured rules, rituals and regulations. Designed by Chris Hone, this inventive production combines the wit and charm of the original with a contemporary vigour that will delight both G & S fans and new audiences alike.
The Mikado is produced in-house at the Tabard Theatre whose previous musical credits also include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Ruddigore was named Time Out Critics Choice and one of their Top Five Shows of the Week and last year’s Pirates was nominated for Best Musical production at the Off-West End awards.
With cast of 8, a live band and some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best tunes, join us for three little maids, two lovers, one executioner and absolutely no flirting.
The press on the 2011 production of Ruddigore
‘This magnetically charming cast breathes new life into a dusty operetta. Pulling Focus realise the full potential of its topsy-turvy humour, and are quite simply a joy to watch’
– Timeout Critic’s Choice
‘This production reminds audiences that G&S is still riotous entertainment. A full cast of men and women inventively doubling as the chorus, and each member of the company plays an instrument to supplement the pit.’
– The Stage
The press on the 2012 production of The Pirates of Penzance
‘Chris Hone’s nautical design is impressive and costumes are a treat. I shall definitely be revisiting the Tabard Theatre before the run finishes to drink in more of the joy that this happy production provides and there can be no greater recommendation than that’
– Bargain Theatre
‘The Tabard is doing what it does brilliantly – putting on one of its singing and dancing musical extravaganzas’