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A staging of "The Mikado" set in an English country hotel during the 1920s.

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W.S. Gilbert (operetta) (as William S. Gilbert)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Eric Idle ... Ko-Ko
Lesley Garrett Lesley Garrett ... Yum-Yum
Bonaventura Bottone Bonaventura Bottone ... Nanki-Poo
Richard Van Allan Richard Van Allan ... Pooh-Bah
Felicity Palmer Felicity Palmer ... Katisha
Richard Angas Richard Angas ... The Mikado of Japan
Susan Bullock Susan Bullock ... Peep-Bo
Ethna Robinson Ethna Robinson ... Pitti-Sing
Mark Richardson Mark Richardson ... Pish-Tush
Findlay Wilson Findlay Wilson ... Katisha's Unrequited Lover
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Storyline

In a mythical Japan, Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor, has been appointed Lord High Executioner and must find someone to execute before the arrival of the ruling Mikado. He lights upon Nanki-Poo, a strolling minstrel who loves the beautiful Yum-Yum. But Yum-Yum is also loved by Ko-Ko, and Nanki-Poo, seeing no hope for his love, considers suicide. Ko-Ko offers to solve both their problems by executing Nanki-Poo, and an agreement is reached whereby Ko-Ko will allow Nanki-Poo to marry Yum-Yum for one month, at the end of which Nanki-Poo will be executed, in time for the arrival of the Mikado. But what Ko-Ko doesn't know is that Nanki-Poo is the son of the Mikado and has run away to avoid a betrothal to an old harridan named Katisha. The arrival of the Mikado brings all the threads of the tale together. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado See more »

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Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A great stage production gets a not so great TV production.
7 March 2008 | by ant501See all my reviews

Yet another example of an English Opera production, recorded on an English stage and yet not being on sale in England, sorry, the UK. Presumably there are reasons beyond common sense but my message to the people who try to control our access to what we want to pay to see is that their restrictive actions are the very things that fuel the worldwide spread of regional code hacking and illegal copying and downloading. Anyway, if you are unfortunate enough to live in the UK and you try hard enough and you have a multi-region player then you can get a Region 1 DVD sent over from the USA. Not a great DVD, no subtitles for example. But better than nothing.

The performances are excellent as other reviewers have already said. The sound is too on-mike in places, which gives the game away a bit; my guess is that what we see and hear is a gluing together of material shot at one or more real live performances with a lot of extra material re-shot without an audience.

What makes this DVD poor is not what is happening on the stage but what is happening in the vision mixing department. Terrible camera directing; silly and contrived angles; poor transitions from closeups to wide shots; gimmicky and superfluous "multi-faceting lens" effects. If only it had been directed by a better director of televised operas (the excellent Brian Large springs to mind) then this would have been a wonderful record of a production that is still (2008) being staged in London. It is sad to think that when it eventually ceases to be performed the only video recording of it will be this visually flawed one.


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