Illyria presents The Mikado
17 July 2013 18:00 - 17 July 2013 22:00
In 2011 Illyria raised the bar for the major UK open-air touring
theatre companies by becoming the first and only one to add Opera
to its regular season.
In the town of Titipu flirting has been made illegal. The
penalty is death. Too bad then that the main culprit is the Lord
High Executioner Ko-Ko, who wishes to marry his beautiful young
ward Yum-Yum, and who has no intention of executing
himself. So when Nanki-Pu arrives in Titipu and declares his love
for Yum-Yum, Ko-ko has the perfect candidate for execution. Except
that Yum-Yum, by tradition, would have to be executed with
Nanki-Pu. And Nanki-Pu turns out to
be the Mikado's own son. And the Mikado himself is about to arrive
on a state visit to Titipu....
This wonderful comic opera, although set in Japan, is very much
a parody of British politics, institutions and public life - and
although written in the 19th century is surprisingly relevant in
the 21st! It gets the complete Illyria treatment, faithfully
performed by a reduced cast and accompanied by a Musical Director
Gates open 6pm. Performance starts 7pm.
Bring along picnic, low back seating and wear suitable clothing
The event will only be cancelled in the event of a
For tickets call 0845 0304063