The dreaded Katisha terrifying Yum Yum and her bridesmaids. Katisha is played by Rae Gilderthorp and the other maids are Joyce Roberts and Anne George-Roussell.

Japanese wedding dress for bride Yum Yum in Mikado at The Little Theatre

Torbay Weekly

Torbay Gilbert and Sullivan Society are set to perform Mikado at The Little Theatre in Meadfoot, Torquay.

And they have been fortunate in sourcing an authentic Japanese wedding dress for Jenny Abbot, who plays the bride Yum Yum who elopes with the Mikado’s son Nanki Pooh in the story.

The Mikado or Emperor of Japan, played by Mark Saturley, is trying to enforce some very strange laws, including making flirting a capital offence!

Jenny Abbot in the Japanese wedding dress
Jenny Abbot in the Japanese wedding dress

No-one is ever executed but many amusing things happen and the banning of flirting of course is just not possible, so the audience will see what results.

This musical play has endless surprises and a great deal of comedy as well as marvellous music and song and is highly suitable for all the family to enjoy.

There will be a live orchestra of local professional musicians and the music is all under the direction of local music director Tim Crompton.

Daphne Lockett, who plays Sushi Bah, with Yum Yum and her bridesmaids
Daphne Lockett, who plays Sushi Bah, with Yum Yum and her bridesmaids

This production by the Torbay Gilbert and Sullivan Society is directed by Nigel Hickman, who wrote and directed their last production Sing a Song o’Scrooge in 2019.

Nigel has a real gift for comedy and thinking ‘out of the box’ and has brought some unexpected and highly amusing touches into this production to delight the audience without deviating too much from W.S. Gilbert’s clever and witty script.

The show runs from Tuesday, July 12, to Saturday, July 16, each evening at 7.45pm with a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday. Tickets cost £14/£15 – only £5 for under-16s at any performance and they can even come free to the matinee if accompanied by an adult and are available by ringing 01803 299330, or online at www.toadstheatre.co.uk, or in person at the box office prior to each performance or on weekday mornings.

Things To Do