Director Thom Southerland, who wowed critics and public alike with award-winning productions of Titanic, Parade and Mack & Mabel, is directing a radically re-conceived version of The Mikado.
The Mikado, with a Noël Coward sensitivity and Gilbert & Sullivan’s delightful, much-loved, score performed acoustically on two baby grand pianos, will open for a six-week season at Charing Cross Theatre on November 27.
This Hobson’s Choice-inspired take on The Mikado is set in the Titipu Umbrella and Fan Factory, owned by The Mikado.
All the familiar characters and songs remain intact, including Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo, Pitti-Sing, who sing the classic “Three Little Maids From School Are We”, as workers in the department providing fans for local schools.
Rebecca Caine (Katisha) has sung internationally and is renowned for her West End starring roles as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera and the original Cosette in Les Miserables.
Most recently Rebecca has been winning huge public acclaim touring across the UK with The Three Phantoms as their leading lady.
Her other stage work includes Salad Days at Riverside Studios, The Sound of Music and Darling of the Day.
Mark Heenehan (The Mikado) recently played Brannigan in Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Guys & Dolls and Peron in the No1 UK tour of Evita.
His other musical theatre starring roles include Oklahoma! Kiss Me Kate and Sweeney Todd.
The rest of the cast are: Matthew Crowe, Leigh Coggins, Hugh Osborne, Steve Watts, Jacob Chapman, Sophie Rohan, Cassandra McCowan, Alyssa Martin, Kayleigh McKnight, Andrew Dovatston, Josh Wylie, Zac Wancke, George Tebbutt.
The Mikado, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, was their ninth of 14 operatic collaborations.
It opened in London’s West End in 1885 where it ran at the Savoy Theatre for 672 performances, the second longest run for any work of musical theatre and one of the longest runs of any theatre piece up to that time.
By the end of 1885, it was estimated that, in Europe and America, at least 150 companies were producing the opera.
The Mikado remains one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history.