The Mikado, Buxton Opera House
Set in the zany, flashy world of modern fashion houses with costumes inspired by Versace and Jean-Paul Gaultier, this energetic production by Opera della Luna promises a riot of gorgeous and bizarre creations.
Expect sequins, stunning gowns, glamour, glorious singing and, of course, the company’s inimitable brand of madcap humour.
The cast includes Opera della Luna stalwarts and Gilbert & Sullivan specialists Richard Gauntlett as Ko-Ko, Louise Crane as Katisha and Ian Belsey as The Mikado.
The theatre said: “Even the most hardened traditionalists will be delighted by the verve of Opera della Luna’s performance, whilst those who have consigned G&S to the dustbin of history will be forced to think again.”
A traditional ‘kimono’ production was out of the question for the company with its limited resources as it would appear a poor relation to a full-scale D’Oyly Carte production. The problem was what to do instead.
A visit to the Versace exhibition in New York over Christmas proved an unexpected inspiration, “for there before our eyes were dresses of truly blinding splendour, giving us surely something of the same impact and surprise that the original Liberty fabrics had had for the 1885 audience,”says the company’s website.
“Remembering that Ko-Ko, before being appointed Lord High Executioner was a tailor, the germ of an idea began…”
The show runs in Buxton from Thursday to Saturday. Box office: go online to http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/ or call 0845 127 2190.