The Mikado is set in the town of Titipu where the Lord High Executioner Ko-Ko
and his three wards, Yum-Yum, Pitti-Sing and Peeb-Bo reside.
IT'S a fun, if slightly bizarre night at the theatre in the company of Yum Yum, Ko-Ko
It's a fun, if slightly bizarre night at the Theatre Royal in the company of Yum Yum, Ko-Ko
To get around this, the canny folk of Titipu have appointed Ko-Ko
, a prisoner condemned to death for flirting, to be Lord High Executioner, reasoning that he can't cut off another's head until he has cut off his own - rendering all flirters free from danger.
From the very model of the modern Major General to Ko-Ko
the Lord High Executioner, Gilbert and Sullivan's characterful creations have been bringing light and laughter to audiences for more than a century, and are loved the world over.
The Mikado is another gloriously topsy-turvy tale featuring a host of unforgettable characters, such as Ko-Ko
the Lord High Executioner and Pooh-Bah the sneering Lord High Everything Else.
Led by Ko-ko
U (Myanmar), chairman of the Yangon Media Group and publisher of the Yangon Times, the International Jury stressed the need to remember Darwish, currently in prison, along with so many other human rights defenders and journalists, it said.
"As Someday It May Happen," sung by Ko-Ko
in The Mikado, is the quintessential list song.
Simon Butteriss, who also directed the operetta, gave a superb performance as Ko-Ko
, the somewhat reluctant Lord High Executioner who planned but ended up having to wed the rather plain and elderly Katisha in order to save his own skin.
All right, it was a bit of a slow, tentative start by the men's chorus in We are Gentlemen of Japan, but the introduction of Dom Moccia as the lovelorn, and suitably nerdy Nanki-Poo and Paul Bennett, as the Lord High Executioner Ko-Ko
, who always excels in this type of role with his exquisite comic timing, soon picked up the pace.
Richard Suart, 61, the actor and opera singer playing High Executioner Ko-Ko
who will read the list, told The Telegraph that anyone who has, "slightly stepped out of line or fallen off their pedestal" will be included.