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The mikado

Author: John Michael PhillipsEric IdleLesley GarrettBonaventura BottoneRichard Van AllanAll authors
Publisher: [United States] : A & E Home Video : Distributed by New Video, [2005]
Edition/Format:   Computer file : CD for computer : English
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The irrepressible Eric Idle (Monty Python's Flying Circus) teams up with the English National Opera in this hilarious performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's beloved comic opera, The Mikado. This rollicking version of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular tale relocates the action from ancient Japan to a 1920s English seaside resort. Here the rule of the Mikado is absolute--and often prone to whimsy. Ko-Ko (Eric Idle)  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Opera films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Film adaptations
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Michael Phillips; Eric Idle; Lesley Garrett; Bonaventura Bottone; Richard Van Allan; Felicity Palmer; Peter Robinson; W S Gilbert; Arthur Sullivan; English National Opera.; A & E Home Video (Firm); New Video Group.
ISBN: 0767086325 9780767086325
OCLC Number: 732355301
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Title from container.
Originally released in 1987.
Special features: A source of innocent merriment: "The making of the Mikado"; downloadable Mikado libretto; cast biographies.
Credits: Music conductor, Peter Robinson.
Performer(s): Eric Idle, Lesley Garrett, Bonaventura Bottone, Richard Van Allen, Felicity Palmer, Richard Angas, Susan Bullock.
Event notes: Filmed at the London Coliseum.
Target Audience: MDA unrated.
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Dolby Digital stereo.
Other Titles: Town of Titipu
Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado
Responsibility: Thames Television in association with Clerical Medical Investment Group presents The English National Opera ; written by William S. Gilbert ; music by Arthur Sullivan ; produced and directed by John Michael Phillips.

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The irrepressible Eric Idle (Monty Python's Flying Circus) teams up with the English National Opera in this hilarious performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's beloved comic opera, The Mikado. This rollicking version of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular tale relocates the action from ancient Japan to a 1920s English seaside resort. Here the rule of the Mikado is absolute--and often prone to whimsy. Ko-Ko (Eric Idle) is sentenced to death for the crime of flirting, but in a strange turn of events is instead named "Lord High Executioner." A delightful farce ensues as Ko-Ko can't behead anyone without first cutting off his own head. But by the second act, the Mikado demands an execution and Ko-Ko must delicately sing and dance his way around a messy situation involving the Mikado's son and his secret love Yum Yum.

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