Hot sounds from Central Operatic


East meets West head-on when Central Operatic Society performs The Hot Mikado, at the Robert Ludlam Theatre in Derby from March 11-15.

This is a hilarious 1940s-style update of a Gilbert and Sullivan favourite, featuring an intoxicating mix of styles and influences.

Classics such as A Wand’ring Minstrel I and Three Little Maids are transmuted into show-stopping blues, swing, hot gospel numbers and scorching torch songs.

Find out what happens whenthe clean lines and colour of Japanese design combine with the big band sights and sounds of popular American song and dance.

Performances of Hot Mikado will take place at 7.30pm each night with an additional Saturday matinee from 2.30pm.

Tickets are £8.50 on Tuesday and Saturday afternoon, and £10 for all other performances. Call Barrie May on 01332 737034.

The principals in order of appearance are:

Pish Tush - Adrian Redfern

Nanki-Poo - Craig Arme

Pooh-Bah - Thomas Banks

Ko-Ko - Jacob Orgill

Peep-Bo - Donna Smith

Yum-Yum - Julie Berrisford

Pitti-Sing - Rachael Wyatt

Katisha - Lynn Towle

Mikado - Chris Banks

The show is directed by Steve Dunning with musical direction by Matt Clay and choreography by Anne George.