The Mikado 1979

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The Mikado was the seventh show performed by the society. It was performed in Central Hall in February 1979.

It is unknown who the chair was.




Simon White

Musical Director
Nick Williams


The Mikado of Japan - Robin Reynolds
Nanki-Poo - Christopher Jackson
Ko-Ko (Lord High Executioner of Titipu) - Andrew Headford
Pooh-Bah - Christopher Rees
Pish-Tush - Kester Armstrong
Yum-Yum - Caroline Heslop
Pitti-Sing - Helen Appleby
Peep-Bo - Bernadette Forbes
Katisha - Ishbel Herd

Chorus of schoolgirls
Sarah Adie
Julia Adams
Jane Alker
Alison Ashworth
Bridget Barnes
Lynne Bradshaw
Susan Carey
Helen Clayton
Jane Elders
Lynn Epsley
Christine Foster
Cynthia Haliburn
Jane Hitch
Debbie Keiter
Mary Jo Laird
Dorothy Leah
Kathryn Marland
Deborah Payne
Jenny Porter
Susan Row
Denise Rowley
Janet Senior
Jacky Small
Cathy Spencer
Janet Starkie
Helen Tate
Susan Taylor
Helen Wright
Ivona Zajac

Chorus of Nobles
Andy Boon
Ian Bracey
Paul Burnett
David Christie
Michael Craddock
Paul Fletcher
Andy Hannon
Andrew Kidd
Tim Laney
Edmond Rosenthal
David Trollope
Ross Underhill


Violins: Stephan Brown (Leader), Peter Salem, Julian Groves, Mark Grover, Brandan Ashe
Violas: Anna Grayburn, Clare Morris
Cellos: Hazel Gooder, Murray Nipkin
Bass: Tim Harries
Flutes: Jane Williams, Gabriel Holbrook
Oboes: William Gregory, Nikki Greaves
Clarinets: Lizzie Garrett, Katie Finnigan
Bassoons: Catherine Graves, Ian Palmer
Horns: David Keeffe, Andrew Hill
Trumpets: Tim Jones, Angela Fellows
Trombones: Tim Brooks, Bill Marlowe
Timps and Percussion: Tina Cook

Repetiteur: Brendan Ashe


Choreography: Katharine Gibbons
Lighting: Stu Conney
Stage Manager: Bill Bancroft
Front Of House: Sharon Hourigan
Prompter: Jane Knox
Make-Up: Jo Tarbard
Costumes: by Hombergs of Leeds
Props: Tricia Wollard

Introduction by Donald Adams, Honorary President

As President of this excellent Gilbert & Sullivan Society, I welcome you to this production of 'The Mikado'. 'The Mikado is perhaps the most popular of all the Savoy Operas, and I feel confident that you will soon be singing the melodies with the cast as the opera proceeds, but for the sake of the Musical Director, not too loudly! Thank you for supporting these delightful people and so sit back and have an enjoyable evening.

"Compulsory Preface- Especially To The Uninitiated" by director Simon White

This best known and well-loved fruit of the partnership between W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan was first seen at thr Savoy Theatre in 1885, therefore falling in the central period of this prolific collaboration, a venture spanning two decades of the late 19th century.

A lot of changes have occurred in drama, and especially in the musical theatre, in the last hundred years, and the tastes and expectations of any given audience cannot be presumed upon; a taste for the Savoy Opera, especially in people of our own age (mostly early twenties) and younger, must surely now be more purposefully acquired than passively absorbed. So, it is with particular reference to such people as may well form a large percentage of our audiences that this brief note is appended. It is my sincere wish that the timeless exuberance, good humour and shameless fun of the opera should be quite obvious to everyone who sees it, and that these aspects of it should require no introduction. We have endeavoured to bring them out and convey them whenever the script and score offered them. I feel we have tried to use traditional elements of Savoy production and learn from them without being slaves to them; for to be thralls of tradition is to deny that the whole work offers fresh and readily experienced enjoyment to the new and uninitiated performer, director or spectator at every turn. But, to be realistic, I must admit that in a television-fed era we are far from used to hearing fictional characters explain and comment upon situations, introduce themselves and express their emotions in musical form. The age, perhaps rightly, expects more realism than that. And it is my belief that we do not suspend our disbelief today quite as willingly as the Victorian Savoy audiences would have done. So I hope that a brief synopsis will illuminate the action of "The Mikado" and serve in some way to entice the uninitiated into a sympathetic appreciation of the show. May you find that the taste for Savoy Opera is one worth acquiring.

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