17th August: The Mikado 

Outdoor Theatre at Logie Steading with Illyria

Recommended for adults and children aged 5+

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes including 20 minute interval

Ticket price: £16/£14/£9

Book tickets at the Art Gallery(bookings and groups) or online here

In the town of Titipu flirting has been made illegal.  The penalty, by order of The Mikado, 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.  Can the itinerant musician Nanki-Poo be persuaded to be executed in his place?  Can Pooh-Bah, the man who occupies every role in public office, be persuaded to take advantage of his influential access to himself as Archbishop to bend his own ear as Lord Chief Justice?  And what would happen if anyone should dare to tell the Mikado that an execution had taken place when in fact it hadn’t…?

Gilbert & Sullivan’s wry comic opera is set in Japan, but its satire of the ways a lie can be twisted into a truth is more blisteringly relevant to the political landscape of the English-speaking world than perhaps ever before!  Performed by a cast of 6 actor/singers accompanied by a musical director on keyboards, it gets the complete Illyria treatment, and is produced on a stage boasting a strikingly large (and authentic) Japanese torii gate.  Despite the reduction in scale not a single word from WS Gilbert’s libretto is cut, nor a single note or harmony from Sir Arthur Sullivan’s score unsung.

More information about outdoor theatre and other performances this summer at Logie Steading here.