40th Anniversary production - 2013

Success at the 2013 International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival

The society was delighted and honoured to be asked to perform The Mikado in Buxton Opera House as part of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.
We were even more delighted to have won the following awards: 2013 Gilbert & Sullivan Festival Award - 2nd Runners-Up; Best Traditional Opera; Best Character Actor - Donald Stephenson as The Mikado.

NODA critique by Pam Booth 22nd May 2013

This was Harrogate Gilbert and Sullivan's fortieth anniversary and they gave us a production to be proud of. This beautifully costumed show was a delight to watch with such careful attention having been paid to wigs and accessories. The men's chorus not only had to cope with the singing, (which they did admirably) but also with some very intricate fan movements. There were excellent performances from all the principals and the humour was brought out to the full. The 'little list' included some very topical and local references which the audience enjoyed immensely.
The singing from both principals and chorus was beautiful and the sympathetic orchestra allowed us to hear every word.
The set was simple but very effective and the use of authentic props created a real Japanese feel to the show. The lighting was used well and with great effect especially in Yum-Yum's rendering of 'The sun whose rays are all ablaze'.
This was a happy and well directed show and here's to the next forty years.

Relive the countdown to the show as advertised on Facebook...

Nine days to go...
...until our opening night and Katisha and KoKo
discover they share a strange and hilarious love for
the bloodthirsty - yes, fun for all the family!

Eight days to go...
...before KoKo tries to kiss his unwilling
bride-to-be, Yum Yum.   Join us for this
and more shennanigans!

Seven days to go...
...before the great Mikado and Katisha pay an
unexpected visit to Titipu to ensure an execution has
been carried out - and receive an unpleasant surprise

Six days to go...
...before Nanki Poo discovers that his beloved
Yum Yum is engaged to the Lord High
Executioner.  Find out what happens next...

Four days to go...
...until Pooh-Bah, Pitti-Sing and KoKo face an
unpleasant end for their terrible fate!

Three days to go...
...until we discover whether the Lord High
Executioner has it in him to do what Pooh-Bah
tells him and 'chop it orff' (it being the head
of Nanki Poo)

Two days to go...
...before a letter arrives from the Mikado causing
great consternation for Pitti Sing, KoKo, Pooh Bah and
Pish Tush

Just one day to go...
...until the 40th anniversary production of The Mikado -
and unless something can be done, the Mikado will
execute Pooh Bah, KoKo and Pitti Sing 'after lunch'.
Find out if  they can escape their fate...

The Principals

The Mikado
Donald Stephenson

Colin Belsey

Philip Jennings

David MacDonald

Arthur Berwick

Rachel Warren

Liz Kelley

Alex Bird

Valerie Green

The Chorus

Jane Baxter, Wendy Belsey, Sue Bunten, Catherine Culligan, Vanessa Horwell, Madeleine Johnson, Chris Lowe, Dorothy Parnaby

Caroline Brown, Charlotte Brown, Roz Ebbetts, Sylvia Horwell, Noelle McCreath, Julie Robinson, Samantha Westwood

John Carter, Jim Coleman, Graham Hardman, Jonathan Spry, John Westmancoat, Andy Wilkinson

Andrew Apsland, Andrew Baxter, Kit Hadley-Day, Chris Igoe, John Keogh, Toby Wind, Robin Withey, Graham Woods

Peter Haken, Paul Matthews


- Alistair Donkin
Musical Conductor - Oliver Longstaff
Chorus Master - Nicholas Whitaker