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Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado

When
Thursday, 31 July 2014 -
Saturday, 2 August 2014

31 July 7.30pm


2 August 2.00pm and 7.30pm.

Where
Lower Hutt Town Hall

Cost
$12.50 - $63.00

Age Restrictions
All Ages

The Mikado, Gilbert & Sullivan's masterpiece of comic opera and one of the best loved comic operas of all time, relishes the many hilarious situations that arise when he (the Emperor of Japan) comes to inspect the workings of local officialdom in the town of Titipu, incidentally searching for his son who has fled the attentions of an ageing lady of his court. The Mikado declares that he seeks “to make the punishment fit the crime” but behind an urbane exterior is perceived a relish for retributions ranging from social embarrassment to death by “boiling oil… or melted lead”. The officials who have failed to comply with the Mikado’s edicts are faced with particularly gruesome consequences, and their spin-doctoring antics are reminiscent of Yes, Prime Minister, and many politicians. Gilbert’s Japanese setting provides a delightful guise for revealing the familiar foibles of officialdom and of everyday people everywhere. The show is touring Lower Hutt, Palmerston North, Wanganui, Kapiti, and back to Wellington from the end of July to the beginning of September. It is fully staged with cast of 40 singers and 24 players to Sullivan’s original orchestration. Presented by Wellington G & S Light Opera. See their website www.gns.org.nz for more details.

 

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