The Mikado is a comic opera in two acts by Gilbert and Sullivan. It premiered in London in 1885 and is one of the most popular of their works. The story is set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, where the tyrannical Mikado rules with an iron fist. The Mikado's chief concern is to maintain social order, and he has decreed that anyone who is caught breaking the law will be executed. The opera follows the story of Nanki-Poo, a young man who is in love with Yum-Yum, the ward of the Mikado. Nanki-Poo disguises himself as a wandering minstrel named Pooh-Bah in order to be near Yum-Yum. However, the Mikado's police force, the Three Little Maids, are on his trail. The opera is full of comic songs and situations, and it pokes fun at the British class system and the Victorian era. It is also a commentary on the importance of love and freedom. The 1987 film adaptation of The Mikado stars Eric Idle as Nanki-Poo, Lesley Garrett as Yum-Yum, Richard Van Allan as the Mikado, and Felicity Palmer as Katisha. The film is faithful to the original opera, and it captures the spirit of Gilbert and Sullivan's work. It is a delightful and entertaining film that is sure to please fans of the opera and newcomers alike.

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Gilbert & Sullivan - The Mikado / Eric Idle, Lesley Garrett, Richard Van Allan, Felicity Palmer, ... (1987)

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The Mikado is a comic opera in two acts by Gilbert and Sullivan. It premiered in London in 1885 and is one of the most popular of their works. The story is set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, where the tyrannical Mikado rules with an iron fist. The Mikado's chief concern is to maintain social order, and he has decreed that anyone who is caught breaking the law will be executed. The opera follows the story of Nanki-Poo, a young man who is in love with Yum-Yum, the ward of the Mikado. Nanki-Poo disguises himself as a wandering minstrel named Pooh-Bah in order to be near Yum-Yum. However, the Mikado's police force, the Three Little Maids, are on his trail. The opera is full of comic songs and situations, and it pokes fun at the British class system and the Victorian era. It is also a commentary on the importance of love and freedom. The 1987 film adaptation of The Mikado stars Eric Idle as Nanki-Poo, Lesley Garrett as Yum-Yum, Richard Van Allan as the Mikado, and Felicity Palmer as Katisha. The film is faithful to the original opera, and it captures the spirit of Gilbert and Sullivan's work. It is a delightful and entertaining film that is sure to please fans of the opera and newcomers alike.

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Eric Idle

Ko-Ko
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Lesley Garrett

Yum-Yum
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Bonaventura Bottone

Nanki-Poo
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Richard Van Allan

Pooh-Bah
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Felicity Palmer

Katisha
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Richard Angas

The Mikado of Japan
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Susan Bullock

Peep-Bo
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Ethna Robinson

Pitti-Sing
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Mark Richardson

Pish-Tush
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Findlay Wilson

Katisha's Unrequited Lover
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Bret Macey

Chorus
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Marian Martin

Chorister (uncredited)
Crew
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John Michael Phillips

Director
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William S. Gilbert

Writer
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Gilbert & Sullivan - The Mikado / Eric Idle, Lesley Garrett, Richard Van Allan, Felicity Palmer, ...

(DVD)

12/26/2005

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