Composer Arthur Sullivan and librettist W.S. Gilbert collaborated on 14 comic operettas over a 25-year period in the late 19th century, originally produced by Richard D’Oyly Carte at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End. Many of these, including The Mikado, remain well known and in continuous production throughout the English speaking world.
The Mikado, which made fun of English bureaucracy, thinly disguised by a Japanese setting, was first produced in 1885 and was the most successful of the Savoy Operas, with 672 performances.
Read Michael Pigeon’s review at vancouverscape.com.