Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Rebecca Caine & Mark Heenehan star in The Mikado at the Charing Cross Theatre

Thom Southerland will direct a "radically re-conceived" version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado.

The production will run at the Charing Cross Theatre between Thursday 27th November 2014 and Saturday 3rd January 2015 starring Rebecca Caine as Katisha and Mark Heenehan as The Mikado.

This Hobson’s Choice-inspired take on The Mikado is set in the Titipu Umbrella and Fan Factory, owned by The Mikado. All the familiar characters and songs remain intact, including Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo, Pitti-Sing, who sing the classic “Three little maids from school are we”, as workers in the department providing fans for local schools. 

Rebecca Caine (Katisha) has sung internationally and is renound for her West End starring roles as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera and the original Cosette in Les Miserables. Most recently Rebecca has been touring across the UK with The Three Phantoms as their leading lady. 

Mark Heenehan (The Mikado) recently played Brannigan in Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Guys & Dolls and Peron in the No1 UK tour of Evita. His other musical theatre starring roles include Cord Elam in Oklahoma!. (West End), Gen Harrison in Kiss Me Kate (Old Vic), Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd. 

The cast also includes: Matthew Crowe, Leigh Coggins, Hugh Osborne, Steve Watts, Jacob Chapman, Sophie Rohan, Cassandra McCowan, Alyssa Martin, Kayleigh McKnight, Andrew Dovaston, Josh Wylie, Zac Wancke, George Tebbutt. 

The Mikado, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, was their ninth of 14 operatic collaborations. It opened on 14th March 1885, in the West End, where it ran at the Savoy Theatre for 672 performances, which was the second longest run for any work of musical theatre and one of the longest runs of any theatre piece up to that time. 

By the end of 1885, it was estimated that, in Europe and America, at least 150 companies were producing the opera. The Mikado remains one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history.

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