The Hot Mikado (2007)

From sltarchive
Jump to: navigation, search
Poster by Matt Ross

by David H Bell

Music adapted and arranged by Rob Bowman, from The Mikado by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

Directed by Heather French

Performances: Tue 3rd – Sat 7th July 2007, Bell Theatre


Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado was originally intended to poke fun at England's Victorian bourgeoisie, who had seized on a fad for all things Japanese. Bowman and Bell took this tale and essentially created a spoof within a spoof.

The Hot Mikado therefore tells the same story... that of the minstrel Nanki-Poo, who arrives in the town of Titipu in search of the girl of his dreams, Yum-Yum. Meanwhile, Yum-Yum's guardian ­ the tailor-turned-Lord High Executioner, Ko-Ko ­ is under pressure from the bloodthirsty ruler of the land, the Mikado, to execute somebody within the next month. Simply because he enjoys a good bit of execution.

Nanki-Poo is so infatuated with his sweetheart that he agrees to have his head cut off in exchange for one month of wedded bliss with Yum-Yum. The deal means that Ko-Ko can then claim her as his own bride once Nanki-Poo is dead and gone. This extraordinary plan then takes another twist when the Mikado makes a surprise visit to Titipu.

Confused? You may be. But the real twist in the tale is Bowman and Bell's amazing, 1940s-style swing interpretation of this classic piece of theatre.


Gentleman of Japan (Male Company)

Ladies of Japan (Female Company)


Swing Dancers

Connor Farrin, Constance Gibbs, Vicki Keyte, Ruby Pucell, Zoe Smith, Grace White





Some review quotes go here


Photo thumbnails go here with links to larger images.

Reminiscences and Anecdotes

  • If the script didn't have an official name for a character, for example "Gent 1", different combinations of the actors real names were fed though a Japanese translator to give them character names.

Members are encouraged to write about their experiences of working on or seeing this production. Please leave your name. Anonymous entries may be deleted.

See Also

Have there been other SLT productions of this play? Link to them here.

Or add anything that is related within this site. The author's page for instance or other plays with a similar theme.


External Links