MUGSS 1967

The Mikado

Cast

The Mikado of Japan
Howard Totty
Nanki-Poo
Steve Hodkinson
Koko
Barry Thorpe
Pooh-Bah
John Tomlinson
Pish-Tush
Mike Dudley
Katisha
Jane Richards
Yum-Yum
Kathleen Wilks
Pitti-Sing
Helen Bell
Peep-Bo
Jenny Senior
 
Chorus of Schoolgirls
Pat Apps, Rosemary Atkinson, Margaret Bamber, Elinon Barnes, Susan Bibby, Brenda Cannell, Elizabeth Chapman, Glenys Coleman, Joan Conoln, Ann Cross, Elizabeth Felstead, Margaret Fewson, Beatrice Frock, Barbara Gross, Ann Harris, Juliet Jole, Linda Isles, Helen Laird, Sally Lambert, Carol Nicholls, Sheila Payne, Elaine Prizant, Annette Ridgeway, Jean Roberts, Jenny Smith, Muriel Thomas, Elizabeth Thornton, Chris Trotman, Jennifer Walker, Ruth Warn
Chorus of Nobles, Guards etc
John Bowden, John Harrington, Peter Hall, Mike Harris, Alan Hayes, Robin Houlston, John Humphreys, Ian Johnston, Mike Langford, David Littley, Chas. Mee, Dave Parkes, James Tassell, Ian Tovey, Mike Wade, Tony Wagg, Graham Wilks

Production

Director
Cliff Walker
Musical Director
Michael Brown
Stage Manager
Peter Kazer
Assisstant Stage Manager
David Barlow
Accompanists
Mike Harris, David Littley
Ticket Secretary
Christine Taylor
House Manager
John Amis
Lighting
John Leese, Geoff Sams
Make-up
Leigh Malt
Programme Photos
Mike Harris

Notes

The Miakdo was first produced at the Savoy Theatre on 14th March, 1885, and ran for 672 performances, a record unbroken at teh Savoy for 37 years. Richard D'Oyly Carte had persuaded teh two partners to collaborate again after the first of their several quarrels, and Sullican felt that breaking this entirely fresh ground his music might not be so overshadowed by the wit of the libretto as in the past - here was his chance.In our own production, we have neither kept to the stiff traditional lines of the D'Oyly Carte Company (and many amateur societies with varying degrees of success) nor have we departed so much from the original as "Mikado a la Folies Berge" (Berlin 1927) or "Swing Mikado" (New York 1947). Even so, in 1967, we hpoe we give none of the audience a motive to follow the Japenese Ambassadorial part to the Savoy on the 14th march, 1885, who stormed out after the first ten minutes at the insult offered to their Japenese dignity.
Although much of Gilbert's libretto is not so outdated even today as some critics woud make it, the inital and continued success of the opera owes more perhaps to Sullican's music. Even so, Sullican was deeply hurt to be told it was his masterpiece - her preferred to consder himself a serious composer, but the best known of al lhis serious owrks is probably not one of his forgotten oratorios, but hte simple hymn tune to "Onward Christian Soldiers" written with a fraction of the effort of hisother works.
I.T.

Music

 
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