Sasha Regan’s All Male
The Mikado by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Theatre Royal Bath
The boys are most definitely back in town, following the previous successes of Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore the retelling of this classic G&S musical comedy is in very safe hands.
Directed by Regan with great wit and style the story remains the same. The rather convoluted tale of the musician Nanki – Poo (Richard Munday) who is in love with Yum- Yum (Alan Richardson) who is unfortunately due to marry Ko- Ko (David McKechnie.) A comedy of corruption in local government, marriage and the need to execute a willing person underpins the fun and general chaos until all reaches a happy solution. Within this mix is also a wonderful Katisha (Alex Wetherhill) whose classic solo is ingeniously staged.
Set in a woodland camp the story unfolds as if a dream, the solo piano accompaniment from Musical Director Richard Baker ensures an excellent sound balance to the fine vocals at all times and the simple design allows for great creativity. The all male cast play all roles with a great flair for characterisation and integrity. The humour is infectious with the show really coming into its own with the arrival of the “Three Little Maids.” The talent across the entire company is staggering; the lightness of touch in the duet “Tit Willow” and also “Merry Madrigal” ensures it is never played for laughs and the results are joyous.
No doubt this is the beginning of yet another successful tour for the company, a perfect tonic for the current political climate; an updated “Little List” does not feel too far away.