Vic Mikado

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The Mikado is set as a cricket match. HMS Pinafore was set in a fast food outlet.  Pirates had a modern setting which included the daughters arriving on mountain bikes and abseiling down from the roof of the theatre.  All three productions were superb!  We were  right on the front row for the Mikado and therefore almost part of it as the Vic has all it's productions "in the round"

Composer    A.Sullivan
Lyrics           W.S.Gilbert
Company    New Vic Theatre
Direction     Chris Monks
Design        Lis Evans
Direction     Richard Atkinson  (music)
Direction     Tim Sutton  (music)
Sound        James Earls-Davis
Lighting      Jo Dawson
Choreographer James McPherson
Performers  Nicky Adams  (Yum Yum)
                     Chris Garner  (Pish Tush)
                     Howard Gay  (Pooh-Bah)
                     Lana Green  (Mrs Pooh-Bah)
                    Shobna Gulati  (Pitti-Sing)
                    Ian McLarnon  (Nanki-Poo)
                    Alan McMahon  (Ko-Ko)
                    Christian Newton  (First Team Captain)
                    Carol Noakes  (Katisha)
Paula Scott  (Groundsman)

                    Deborah Stokes  (Peep-Bo)
                    Colin Wakefield  (The Mikado)

We went to the New Vic Theatre, in Newcastle under Lyme, to watch The Mikado.  Had we not known what to expect it would have been quite a shock - the scene was set on Titipu Cricket pitch!  However, all of Gilbert's words and Sullivan's music were there with only minor modifications to the libretto to account for the modern day setting and the location.

All the chorus were cricket players, the three little maids were in modern hockey dress, Pooh-Bah ( a blunt "northerner") and Pish-Tush (a "jordie") were the umpires, and the Mikado was dressed as if from the MCC.  Koko (a Scot) was excellent. Katisha was dressed in full hockey goalkeepers dress - very threatening. In total the cast was about 15.

Nanki-Poo was a rhythm guitarist - he used an excellent Irish accent when "disguised" and an upper class accent when someone knew he was the Mikado's

All the singing was excellent - the two piece orchestra sounding as if there were many more due to many changes in instruments!

The only changes to the words of major significance were in the entrance of the Mikado when the chorus sang cricketing names such as:-
Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Dennis Lilly, Imran Khan - you can see how these fit in?
During the time when the chorus tries to drown Katisha they sang cricketing terms:-
Out, Caught, bowled, leg before, run-out etc  followed by rousing "How-zat"!

Over-all an excellent production playing to a full house (in the round) with many children present - all enjoying what might be their first experience of G&S.

The show ran at the Vic until Saturday 5th August and then it moved to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough from the 8th to the 19th of August.

I am sorry if the terminology above does not mean much to anyone who does not know the game of cricket.