Hot Mikado

Hot Mikado is a musical comedy, based on Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, adapted by David H. Bell (book and lyrics) and Rob Bowman (orchestrations and arrangements). After researching the 1939 Broadway musical, The Hot Mikado, Bell and Bowman created a new adaptation, Hot Mikado.

The original production ran from March 18–July 27, 1986 at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC, where Bell was artistic director. Bell directed and choreographed the production. The musical also had an early Chicago production. The show was subsequently revived several times and finally ran in London’s West End in 1995. It has enjoyed many additional productions in North America and the UK since then.

Cast & Creative

Cast List

Character Actor
Koko Carl Smith
Pooh Bah Edz Barrett
Pish Tush Hamilton Faber
Nanki Poo Andy Clarke
Mikado Martin Wilcox
Yum Yum Lucy Anne Clement
Pitti Sing Sue Astbury
Peep Bo Faye Brann
Katisha Robbin Pierce
Dancers Jan Croxson
Dancers Rachel Hughes
Dancers Gemma Melhuish
Dancers Stephanie Moon
Dancers Claire O'Dell
Dancers Karen Swift
Dancers Ian Bennett
Dancers Mike Bradbury
Chorus Anna Colton
Chorus Fiona Hedger-Gourlay
Chorus Philippa Makepeace
Chorus Deb McDowell
Chorus Lizzy Ross
Chorus Helen Shore
Chorus Janet Simpson
Chorus Gita Singham
Chorus Angela Sturgeon
Chorus Nigel Cole
Chorus Tim Hedger-Gourlay
Chorus Chris Morris
Chorus John Powter
Chorus Jim Trimmer
Chorus Andrew Yeates

Creative Team

Role Name
Director Paul Kirkbright
MD Shaun Critten
Choreographer Caroline Smith
Production Manager Clare Henderson-Roe
Stage Manager Eric Williams
Deputy Stage Manager Claire Williams
Lighting Designer Ed Pagett
Sound Design Stuart Vaughan
Wardrobe Edz Barrett
Wardrobe Terrie Creswell
Set Designer Wesley Henderson Roe

Reviews & Awards

SWAN Awards

  • Winner SWAN Award Best Male Performer in a Musical – Carl Smith
  • Winner SWAN Award Best Female Performer in a Musical – Robbin Pierce

Mark Aspen - Richmond & Twickenham Times

If you like your Gilbert and Sullivan cool, then try the Hot Mikado. If you like it really hot then try the BROS version: it’s explosive! Gilbert and Sullivan purists should stay away, because this is G&S with a bite: The Mikado revisited through an eclectic concoction of rock, jazz, swing, Charleston(?), blues and … er, madrigal! And the eclecticism doesn’t stop there: the Japanese speak in American accents; the wardrobe is courtesy of Pokémon via Roy Lichtenstein; oh … and the Mikado himself is an Elvis Presley impersonator.

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More info

Show Date: Oct 2005

Venue: Hampton Hill Playhouse

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