Charles Court Opera will return to London’s King’s Head Theatre with their take on The Mikado. Performing at the theatre from 22 March to 21 April 2018, with a press night on 27 March, the company’s interpretation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic comedy masterpiece will be the company’s final production at the historic venue.
Behind the closed doors at the British Consulate in the town of Tipitu, Japan, the scheming, slippery Lord High Executioner is about to hatch one plot too far, with far-reaching and hilarious consequences for everyone involved, especially when the Mikado himself arrives…
Director John Savournin said: “I’m very excited to be rediscovering this opera and looking at the setting with 21st century glasses on; to consider its place in today’s social climate, and to embrace afresh its humour, pathos, and the downright genius craftsmanship of one of Britain’s most prolific writing partnerships.”
The cast is set to include Philip Lee (Clive the camel in King Tut – A Pyramid Panto) as Ko-Ko, with further casting to be announced. The musical director is David Eaton.
The King’s Head Theatre was established in its current location behind the King’s Head pub in Islington in 1970, London’s first pub theatre. Last year, the theatre announced that is on the move. In 2019, subject to a fund-raising campaign, the King’s Head Theatre will move into a custom-built space in the heart of the new multi-million pound Islington Square development, directly behind its current home, securing the future of the venue for generations to come.