Haverfordwest Operatic Society



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Haverfordwest Operatic Society.

We are a member of the Pembrokeshire Drama Association.

The Mikado

Haverfordwest Operatic Society will be performing Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta The Mikado at the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven from Wednesday 15 May to Saturday 18 May 2013. The Mikado has been translated into numerous languages and is one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history. It is thought to have been in constant production for the past 125 years due to its popularity.

This production will be performed in traditional Japanese costume with a few “quirky” additions. The musical score and libretto remain faithful to Gilbert and Sullivan’s original production.

Ifor Phillips, Musical Director with the society for the past 20 years has swopped his baton for an axe to play the role of KoKo, the  Lord High Executioner. Pat Swales Barker, who was the society’s musical director before Ifor, has returned for this production.

The Mikado includes many well known songs. “I’ve Got a little List” “Three LittleMaids” “A Wandering Minstrel I” “Tit Willow” and the beautiful solo  “The Sun Whose Rays are all Ablaze”.

The setting is the garden of KoKo’s official residence. He is to be married to Yum Yum, one of his three wards.  Nankie Poo, son of the Mikado, has disguised himself as “ A Wandering Minstrel I” to escape the clutches of Katisha, described as “something appalling” and has fallen in love with Yum Yum. The Mikado is seeking an execution and looks to KoKo, as Lord High Executioner, to behead someone.  KoKo, formerly a “cheap taylor”  admits he has never killed anybody, not even a blue bottle, and devises a plan to fool the Mikado. However,The Mikado and Katisha arrive at the village,  with Katisha seeking to  claim her “perjured lover Nanki Poo”.

Tickets can be obtained at Torch box office. £10. With concessions of £8 on Wednesday.

Please visit the Photos page of this website for more photos from The Mikado