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The Hot Mikado

Wed 3rd – Mon 29th Aug 2011

NO UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

“If Gilbert and Sullivan could see me now!”

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Durham Fringe Productions

SUMMARY

Durham Fringe Productions return to Edinburgh for the fourth year running with this Jazz infested renovation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic. Featuring an inventive fusion of 1940’s swing and Light Opera, as well as a visually arresting display of tap-dance and jive, the Hot Mikado promises to be an exuberant feast for both the ears and the eyes.

With the help of a lively 6-piece Jazz band, the Hot Mikado tells the story of young Nanki-Poo, who arrives in the town of Titipu in search of the beautiful Yum-Yum. After bribing various officials he learns that she is promised to the Lord High Executioner Koko. Meanwhile, the Mikado demands that Koko execute one person within the next month and Nanki-Poo agrees to be executed as long as he can spend a month as Yum-Yum’s husband. This plan, however, goes awry when the Mikado makes a surprise visit to Titipu and brings with him Katisha, an older woman who is pursuing Nanki-poo. Luckily, Nanki-Poo is saved as he is the Mikado’s long lost son; to tie the ridiculous plot up perfectly Koko and Katisha fall in love, leaving Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum to remain in matrimony.

Durham Fringe Productions is a unique collaboration of theatre companies within Durham University, specifically tailored and entirely driven to making a name for itself at this year’s festival. Boasting an exciting blend of abilities in this year’s production team. Maddy Mutch, following a five star run of Merrily We Roll Along in 2009 and The Wild Party 2010 returns to the fringe as director and choreographer having recently worked in America fulfilling the role of Assistant choreographer in an off-Broadway production of Evita. Musical Director, Chris Guard, has a wealth of experience in shows across the country, including his most recent award winning production of Edges - A New Musical.

‘I found myself wearing a broad smile throughout, and the only disappointment was that it ended.’ FIVE STAR BROADWAY BABY (Merrily We Roll Along 2009)

‘One of the finest student-led shows of this Fringe.’ FIVE STAR FRESH AIR (The Wild Party 2010)

Admission: £9.50(£7.50) – £11.50(£9.50)

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