The Mikado: Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society, Theatre Royal
Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society
Theatre Royal, Bath
Best not to tangle with local theatre when there is a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado in the offing. If you do, you are very likely to find yourself on the Lord High Executioner's (Richard Luscombe) famous list. Which several local people, not to mention merchant bankers and David Cameron, did.
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Of all the G&S operettas this is the one that has the easiest passage into the 21st century – along with all the best tunes.
Once they got into their stride, there was no stopping the company on opening night as it embarked on its 12th production of The Mikado since the company was formed.
Like the little list, the show itself offers theatre companies lots of opportunity to bring the whole thing bang up to date and here both cast and back stage people missed no opportunity of doing so with lots of carefully thought through ideas which probably wouldn't have been seen in BODS' original production.
There was great charisma and good strong voices in all the leading roles with a hugely engaging Oli Hounsell as the love struck Nanki-Poo in reality the Mikado's son disguised as a second trombone.
The object of his affections in this case was the executioner's ward Yum Yum played by an equally engaging Rose Lambert.
It's a great show, really well done by a professional standard team which clearly enjoyed every minute of it all – as did the audience.