Rehearsals hotting up for new witty musical

Gainsborough Operatic Society are in rehearsals for their latest production entitled Hot Mikado (G110314-1)
Gainsborough Operatic Society are in rehearsals for their latest production entitled Hot Mikado (G110314-1)
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A TALENTED Gainsborough amateur dramatic group have begun warming up for their hotly anticipated new production.

Rehearsals are intensifying for Gainsborough Amateur Operatic Society’s next production of Hot Mikado.

Hot Mikado is a witty musical comedy that will have the whole family laughing.

Musical director Gerard Mooney and choreographer Brent Grantham are currently putting the company through their pace, led by professional producer Greg Snape,

Greg has assembled a strong cast which includes Andrew Dawson as The Mikado, Lindsay Pepper as Nanki-Poo, Jemma Carlisle as Yum-Yum, Elizabeth Roberts as Pitti-Sing, Beverley Evans as Peep-Bo, Tony Graves as Pish-Tush, Ashley Wingham as Ko Ko, Steve Abbot as Pooh-Bah and Vicky Toward starring as Katisha.

The original 1986 production was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

In 2006, Strictly Come Dancing Judge Craig Revel Horwood directed, and Sarah Travis music-directed, a successful production of Hot Mikado at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, which was revived there again in 2009, followed by a tour.

This hilarious 1940s-style updating of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic show, sees Nanki-Poo as the son of the Mikado (the ruler of Japan) masquerading as a second trumpet player when he becomes captivated by the beautiful Yum-Yum.

He learns that she is going to be married to a former tailor turned Lord High Executioner, Ko Ko.

The town in under threat of being reduced to a village as the Mikado has decreed that an execution must take place within a month.

Ko Ko is next in line for execution but, realising that self-decapitation is a dangerous exercise, is seeking a substitute.

Heartbroken at losing Yum-Yum to Ko Ko, Nanki-Poo agrees to be executed as long as he can marry her for a month.

However, the plan goes awry when the Mikado makes a surprise visit to Titipu and brings with him Katisha, an older woman who has been after Nanki-Poo for her toy boy.  

GAOS’s production of Hot Mikado will take place from 12th – 16th April at Gainsborough’s Trinity Arts Centre. All tickets can be purchased at the Trinity Arts Centre box office by calling 01427 676655 or booking online at