The Mikado by W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. King’s Theatre


The Mikado Synopsis

Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor of Titipu, having been condemned to death for flirting, is reprieved and raised to the exalted rank of Lord High Executioner. When Nanki-Poo arrives in the town, fleeing to escape the attentions of an elderly lady named Katisha, he falls madly in love with Yum-Yum, the ward of Ko-Ko.

Unfortunately, as Yum-Yum is betrothed to her guardian, their case seems a hopeless one. A letter arrives from the Mikado announcing that somebody must be beheaded within the month and Ko-Ko racks his brains to think of a suitable victim. Nanki-Poo, overcome with grief at his inability to marry Yum-Yum, agrees to be beheaded in a month on condition that he is permitted to marry Yum-Yum at once.

However, this argument is seriously flawed, for it is discovered that when a married man is beheaded his wife must be buried alive. In the midst of this dilemma, the Mikado arrives and Ko-Ko pretends that he has beheaded NankiPoo. He is somewhat taken aback when he then learns that Nanki-Poo is the Mikado’s son and that his punishment, along with that of his collaborators, will be a slow and lingering death - after lunch!! A solution is found in the nick of time…