with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and Orchestra
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020
Venue Matthews Theatre
Don’t miss New York Gilbert & Sullivan’s all-new production of The Mikado. The history and inspiration for the writing of The Mikado is center stage as we combine the real life characters of Victorian London’s D’Oyly Carte Opera Company with the imagined setting of Titipu, influenced by the art and architecture of Japan that had recently reached England in the late 19th century. At the outset, you’ll meet Messrs. Gilbert, Sullivan, and D’Oyly Carte themselves, and join them on a fantastic voyage to a land where the timeless libretto, beautiful music, and all of your favorite characters await! There are the three little maids from school, a wandering minstrel, a hilariously corrupt public official, and a Lord High Executioner with a list of offenders deserving of his services, including himself – for flirting! At the heart of this tale is a love story: a beautiful school girl loves the romantic wandering minstrel, but she is engaged to the executioner. This romantic triangle takes the usual course of thwarted love, until the arrival of a fearsome noble woman claiming the minstrel as her “perjured lover”, and later of the emperor himself, with his own list of punishments to fit the crime.