Hot Mikado

Played 11th-15th March 2014 at Robert Ludlam Theatre, Derby

About this production

Hot Mikado takes the classic Gilbert and Sullivan opera and updates it to 1940s style. The story is the same but it is set in a1940s Japanese themed American nightclub – Club Titipu – featuring The Gentlemen of Japan Band.

Young Nanki-Poo, the Mikado’s son, masquerading as a second trumpet player, arrives in the town of Tititpu looking for the beautiful Yum-Yum. He learns that she is going to marry The Lord High Executioner, Ko-Ko, who himself has been ordered by The Mikado, (the local Mafia chief) to execute one person within the next month. Nanki-Poo agrees to be executed in return for spending the month as Yum-Yum’s husband. The town celebrate until Nanki-Poo’s vengeful fiancee, Katisha,  plans to reveal Nanki-Poo’s identity. She is driven away by the Three Little Maids, Yum-Yum, Pitti-Sing and Peep-Bo,  and all is joyful until Ko-Ko explains that an executed man’s wife must also be buried alive. Pooh-Bah, Ko-Ko’s assistant, marries the couple and they go into hiding as the Mikado arrives in the town. Ko-Ko forges a death certificate for Nanki-Poo to satisfy the Mikado’s decree. The Mafia chief then learns that the executed man is his son and announces that the penalty for killing his heir is being boiled in oil. The only solution is for Ko-Ko to persuade Katisha, who still yearns for Nanki-Poo, to marry him.

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