Video/Film , DVD in English

The mikado

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.
  • [United States] : A & E Home Video : Distributed by New Video, [2005]
  • Widescreen version.
  • 1 videodisc (ca. 130 min.) : sound, colored ; 4 3/4 in.
  • DVD; Dolby Digital stereo.
Also known as
  • Town of Titipu
  • Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado
  • Music conductor, Peter Robinson.
  • Eric Idle, Lesley Garrett, Bonaventura Bottone, Richard Van Allen, Felicity Palmer, Susan Bullock, Ethna Robinson, Mark Richardson.
  • Film adaptations Great Britain.
  • Music videos.
  • 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.
Other information
  • Title from container.
  • Originally released in 1987.
  • Special features: A source of innocent merriment: "The making of the Mikado"; downloadable Mikado libretto; cast biographies.
  • Filmed at the London Coliseum.
  • MPAA rating: Not rated.
Publisher's number
  • AAE-73590 A & E Home Video
  • 0767086325
  • 9780767086325
Identifying numbers
  • UPC: 733961735901
  • OCLC: 62386382
  • OCLC: 62386382