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A video of a 1982 performance at Canada's Stratford Festival (live, though with some singing dubbed), this is very much a theatrical experience, with the buoyancy of a show played before an audience. The cast and spectators take obvious pleasure in each other, and in classic Gilbert and Sullivan tradition, several numbers are encored. Subtlety is not this production's strong point, but you don't look to G&S for subtlety. As Ko-Ko, Eric Donkin doesn't exactly create a character. His performance is that of a vaudeville clown--he even wears a Japanese version of baggy pants. But his straight-to-the-audience delivery is irresistible. Gidon Saks plays the title role in Japanese-theater style, drawing out his syllables, rising to a scream at the end of a sentence. Though these mannerisms are a bit much, his demented tyrant of a Mikado is gripping and even spooky.
The production is not lavish, with a single, unadorned set and fairly basic staging. But there are some brilliant effects such as the entrance of the Mikado, enclosed in a litter, which his carriers open to reveal him standing magnificently in a miniature interior. Many of the comic lines have been updated, and with impressive wit. It's too bad that their topicality results in a lot of 1980s Canadian references, which will leave 21st-century non-Canadians feeling left out. Still, this is a highly satisfying interpretation of a classic. --David Olivenbaum --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fantastic production. Only reason for not giving it five stars is the lack of subtitles. Showed this to a group of senior friends and everyone enjoyed it, but most could not make... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Patrick
had to have it since I was Nanki Poo in my high school production an years agoPublished 13 months ago by Dave
This is a fun Canadian version of the Mikado.
Several "in" Canadian jokes.
Eg. "The Smoking Separatist"
The is escapism entertainment at it best.
A true visual treat for all musical theatre audiences.. and a must for G&S fans....
the wit and irreverance originally scripted by Gilbert and Sullivan, is brought to life... Read more
This is an absolutely fantastic musical! I was lucky enough to see The Mikado with this cast on stage in Stratford, Ontario back in 1982 and it has richly informed many aspects of... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2013 by Matthew G A Higgins
Recording was originally on VHS which limits the quality. Some songs are dubbed. (which makes the sound quality better than they would have otherwise been). Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2012 by hopetindall
I plan to sell my copy of the DVD to a used record dealer, because I don't have the heart ever to look at it again. Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by Roger Mastrude
I don't know if they were pressed for time or what, but every number is done at breakneck speed. Gilbert's great libretto and lyrics are all but lost in the auctioneer-style... Read morePublished on May 14 2003 by docweasel