The Mikado

Overview

This TV adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado was produced by British Home Entertainment in 1966 and released to American public television one year later. John Wood heads the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in a virtually uncut version of the venerable comic opera. The story, set in an old Japan that never existed outside the imaginations of the authors, concerns Koko (Wood), Lord High Executioner to the Mikado. The timorous Koko is in danger of losing his own head because he's never chopped off anyone ...
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Overview

This TV adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado was produced by British Home Entertainment in 1966 and released to American public television one year later. John Wood heads the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in a virtually uncut version of the venerable comic opera. The story, set in an old Japan that never existed outside the imaginations of the authors, concerns Koko (Wood), Lord High Executioner to the Mikado. The timorous Koko is in danger of losing his own head because he's never chopped off anyone else's. He finally selects a willing victim named Nanki-Poo--who unfortunately is the son of the Mikado. The songs, including "Tit Willow," "A Wandr'ing Minstrel I," "The Object Most Sublime" and "Three Little Maids From School," are consummately performed, but the stage directions seem forced and stilted, as if done once too often in rehearsal. A shorter but more cinematic version of The Mikado was filmed in 1939, again featuring the D'Oyle Carte (including the peerless Martyn Green) and starring American crooner Kenny Baker as Nanki-Poo.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • UPC: 089948424796
  • Original Release: 1967
  • Rating:

  • Source: Video Artists Int'l
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,915

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald Adams The Mikado
Valerie Masterson Yum-Yum
Philip Potter Nanki-Poo
George Cook Go-To
Clifford Parkes
Anthony Raffell
Technical Credits
Stuart Burge Director
Lord John Brabourne Producer
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Colin Garde Makeup
Anthony Havelock-Allan Producer
Peter Howitt Art Director
Disley Jones Costumes/Costume Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Tony Sforzini Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits & Overture [1:40]
2. If You Want to Know Who We Are [3:04]
3. A Wandering Minstrel I [4:16]
4. Our Great Mikado, Virtuous Man [5:20]
5. Young Man, Despair [3:33]
6. Behold the Lord High Executioner [:50]
7. Taken From the County Jail [1:58]
8. They'll None of 'Em Be Missed [4:46]
9. Comes a Train of Little Ladies [2:11]
10. Three Little Maids From School Are We [4:15]
11. So Please You, Sir, We Must Regret [4:54]
12. Were You Not to Ko-Ko Plighted [5:24]
13. I Am So Proud [5:59]
14. With Aspect Stern and Gloomy Stride [2:10]
15. The Threatened Cloud Has Passed Away [3:39]
16. Oh Fool, That Fleest My Hallowed Joys! [1:58]
17. Away, Nor Prosecute Your Quest [1:10]
18. The Hour of Gladness Is Dead and Gone [4:48]
19. Braid the Raven Hair [4:06]
20. The Sun, Whose Rays Are All Ablaze [4:57]
21. Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day [4:50]
22. Here's a How-De-Do! [6:17]
23. From Every Kind of Man Obedience I Expect [1:49]
24. A More Humane Mikado [5:14]
25. The Criminal Cried, as He Dropped Him Down [8:51]
26. See How the Fates Their Gifts Allot [4:23]
27. The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring [1:24]
28. Alone, and Yet Alive! [5:19]
29. Willow, Tit-Willow [3:12]
30. There Is Beauty in the Bellow of the Blast [4:23]
31. Finale: For He's Gone and Married Yum-Yum [1:57]
32. Closing Credits [:42]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Program
   Chapter Selections, Act I
   Chapter Selections, Act II
   Contact VAI
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