G and S get makeover in Hot Mikado

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East meets West head-on when Central Operatic Society performs The Hot Mikado, at the Robert Ludlam Theatre in Derby from March 11-15.

This is a hilarious 1940s-style update of a Gilbert and Sullivan favourite, featuring an intoxicating mix of styles and influences.

Classics such as A Wand’ring Minstrel I and Three Little Maids are transmuted into show-stopping blues, swing, hot gospel numbers and scorching torch songs.

Find out what happens whenthe clean lines and colour of Japanese design combine with the big band sights and sounds of popular American song and dance.

Performances of Hot Mikado will take place at 7.30pm each night with an additional Saturday matinee from 2.30pm.

Tickets are £8.50 on Tuesday and Saturday afternoon, and £10 for all other performances. Call Barrie May on 01332 737034.

The principals in order of appearance are: Pish Tush - Adrian Redfern; Nanki-Poo - Craig Arme; Pooh-Bah - Thomas Banks; Ko-Ko - Jacob Orgill; Peep-Bo - Donna Smith; Yum-Yum - Julie Berrisford; Pitti-Sing - Rachael Wyatt; Katisha - Lynn Towle; Mikado - Chris Banks

It is directed by Steve Dunning with musical direction by Matt Clay and choreography by Anne George.