The Mikado

The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, their ninth of fourteen operatic collaborations.

It opened on March 14, 1885, in London, where it ran at the Savoy Theatre for 672 performances, which was unprecedented for musical theatre pieces, and one of the longest runs of any theatre piece up to that time. Before the end of 1885 it was estimated that, in Europe and America, at least 150 companies were producing the opera.

The Mikado remains the most frequently performed Savoy Opera, and it is especially popular with amateur and school productions. Indeed, The Mikado is one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history!

The final BROS production at Richmond prior to the theatre’s closing for refurbishment.

Cast & Creative

Cast List

Character Actor
The Mikado of Japan Roger Roseboom
Nanki-Poo Peter Campbell
Ko-Ko Steve Alais
Pooh-Bah Douglas Roberts
Pish-Tush Terry Saunders
Yum-Yum Lesley Cox
Pitti-Sing Mandy Stenhouse
Peep-Bo Margaret Woolfries
Katisha Jane Mitchell
Ko-Ko’s assistant Christopher Alais
Ko-Ko’s assistant Tristan Matthiae
Old Japanese Retainer Richard Matthiae
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Emma Antoine
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Pauline Beament
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Sarah Bullough
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Mary Fraser
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Rachel Marks
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Marion McLaren
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Jackie Osborne
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Jackie Pearson
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Marion Pitt
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Sonya Raymond
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Maggie Rose
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Ellen Harvey-Smart
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Louise Stevenson
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Joyce Stewart
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Angela Sturgeon
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Barbara Thomas
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Julie Thomas
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Lynne Tompkins
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Janet Turner
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Claire Walker
Chorus of School Girls, Governesses Beryl Yorath
Nobles, Guards & Coolies Robert Brooks
Nobles, Guards & Coolies Will Brooks
Nobles, Guards & Coolies Steve Brookhouse
Nobles, Guards & Coolies Iain Calder
Nobles, Guards & Coolies Jon Fayle
Nobles, Guards & Coolies Mark Holliday
Nobles, Guards & Coolies Andrew Macbean
Nobles, Guards & Coolies Peter Morris
Nobles, Guards & Coolies Peter Mumford
Nobles, Guards & Coolies Ray Pitt
Nobles, Guards & Coolies John Powter
Nobles, Guards & Coolies Julian Rich
Nobles, Guards & Coolies David Sewell
Nobles, Guards & Coolies Peter Vaughan
Nobles, Guards & Coolies Paul Viney
Nobles, Guards & Coolies Andrew Yeates
Dancer Merian Ganjou
Dancer Wendy Howard
Dancer Yvonne Sibbald
Dancer Andy Denis
Dancer Dave Evans
Dancer Kit Stratfull

Creative Team

Role Name
Director Robert Salter
Director Alison Titchmarsh
Musical Director Carl Smith
Choreographer Alison Titchmarsh
Designer Malcolm Chilton
Costume Design Marc Boiselle
Costume Design & Execution Marc Sheridan of Spectrum Productions
Production Manager Suzanne Yeates
Stage Manager John Mitchell
Assistant Stage Manager Barbara Mitchell
Assistant Stage Manager Wendy Kidd
Wardrobe Mistress Barbara O'Neill
Make-up Amanda Edgell
Lighting Designer Peter Willis
Assistant Lighting Designer Steve Brown
Props Peter Sporle
Assistant Props Ann Newton
Promt Patricia Vandepeer
Publicity Anne Campbell
House Manager Helen Jenkins
Box Office Kit Stratfull
Poster & Handbill Design Steve Brookhouse
Group Bookings Julie Thomas
Rehearsal Pianist Dennie Gomm

Show Date: December 1988

Venue: Richmond Theatre

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