Wednesday 14th – Friday 16th March | Kendal Town Hall | Doors 6.45pm | Start 7.30pm | Running time 2hrs 45 minutes. | Any uncollected tickets will be available to pick up on the door at the Town Hall from 6.45pm on the day.
Stalls: £10 standard / £5 students and Under 16yrs
Balcony:£12.50 standard / £5 students and Under 16yrs
This year, Kendal G&S Society (KADGASS) will be staging the Gilbert & Sullivan favourite, ‘The Mikado’ (or ‘The Town of Titipu’) in Kendal Town Hall from Wednesday 14th March to Friday 16th. On Saturday 17th March it will be transported to The Victoria Hall in Grange for a one-off performance.
The title role is being reprised by Bryan Johnson who played it the last time it was performed by KADGASS in 2011. Bryan has been with the Society since 1985 and is on-stage for the 23rd time. Also returning from the previous show is Jim Thompson who played Pish-Tush in 2011 and is starring in the central role of Ko-Ko, The Lord High Executioner, this time.
The remaining male characters are played by Matthew Armstrong (Nanki-Poo, a wandering minstrel and son of The Mikado), Graham Beevers (Pooh-Bah, The Lord High Everything Else) and Iain Lamb (Pish-Tush, a Noble Lord); whilst the 3 little maids are played by Emily Robinson (Yum-Yum), Rebecca Chandler (Pitti-Sing) and Jenny Brooks (Peep-Bo) which is worth the entry fee alone. The icing on the cake is provided by Sue Richardson who becomes Katisha, an elderly lady in love with Nanki-Poo.
The experienced ladies chorus comprising Margaret Barker, Emilie Beston, Juliette Beston, Stella Coxon, Angela-Lee Kennedy, Catharine Perrin, Bev Preece, Carol Sisson and Christine Thompson are joined by new-comer Elisha Finch whilst for the men, George Jones, Nigel Kelly, Eric Park, John Reid and Roger Wilkinson, along with a second new-comer Alan Radcliffe; portray ‘The Gentlemen of Japan’ with ‘attitude queer and quaint’.
The show is being co-produced by mother and daughter team Juliette Beston and Jo Neville-Smith who both have lots of G&S experience and the Musical Director is John Perrin. John joined KADGASS in 1993 and this will be his 28th show. Along with his many additional choral and theatre projects, he must now be one of the most experienced MDs in the area.
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