The Mikado is one of the most successful collaborations of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. The scene is the imaginary Japanese town of Titipu and the hero is Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado, or ruler, of Japan. Nanki-Poo has run away from court rather than marry an elderly, ugly lady called Katisha, and but has fallen in love with Yum-Yum, the most charming ward of Koko. Nanki-Poo returns to Titipu disguised as a musician and finds that Yum-Yum is about to be married to Ko-Ko, who is now the Lord High Executioner.
The Mikado, having noticed that no executions have taken place in Titipu for a year, has ordered Ko-Ko to have someone beheaded within a month, and so it is decided that Nanki-Poo shall be that person, if he is first allowed to marry Yum-Yum.
Ko-Ko and his friend Pooh-Bah, a proud old man who holds the offices of Lord High Chamberlain, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Chief Justice and a great number of others as well, discover a law which says that the widow of a beheaded man must be buried alive. Yum-Yum does not like the idea of this, and Ko-Ko is too timid to cut off anyone's head, so he telis the Mikado that the execution I has already taken place.
When it is discovered that Nanki-Poo is the Mikado's son, however, things look bleak for Ko-Ko and Pooh-Bah. The only way they can be saved, they decide, is by Ko-Ko's marrying Katisha so that Nanki-Poo can come back to life in safety.
The musical score, witty dialogue will be sure to entertain audiences familiar with the show and those who have never seen it. And this is only a portion of the intricate humorous plot!
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