The Mikado - more fun than you can shake a chopstick at!

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York Light Opera Company are delighted to bring to York Theatre Royal for the first time, are-work of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular show, The Mikado.

Completely re-scored, Hot Mikado still retains all the original well-loved songs, but all transformed to swing, rock and gospel, and the location changed from Japan to 1940s USA.

Casting includes both old and new members of the Company. Leading lady Yum-Yum will be played by newcomer Lauren Charlton-Mathews who gained her G&S experience with the University of York’s G&S Society. Her husband Chris is also in the cast playing one of the Gentleman of Japan.

Leading man, Nanki-Poo will be played by Richard Blackburn, last seen as Gaston in our production of Beauty and the Beast.

Other major roles include: Katisha, Laura Meek; Peep-Bo, Alexa Chaplin; Pitty-Sing, Alicia Stabler; Pish-Tush, Michael Foster; Ko-Ko, Anthony Gardner; Poo-Bah, Colin Sinclair, and The Mikado by the man of many roles, Rory Mulvihill.

This show has be a very enjoyable for the entire cast to rehearse they have had such a lot of fun.

Hot Mikado doesn’t have the big name pull of our two previous Theatre Royal productions, The Sound of Music and Oliver! but we can assure audiences that they will be treated to a great evening’s entertainment.

Hot Mikado, directed by Martyn Knight, runs from Tuesday March 4 until Saturday March 15, evenings at 7.30pm with matinees on both Saturdays at 2.30pm.

Tickets available from York Theatre Royal Box Office Tel. 01904 623568 or on-line at