Opera showing at two venues

The Mikado. Picture: Sarah Lee

The Mikado. Picture: Sarah Lee

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There are two chances to see the English National Opera’s production of The Mikado locally.

Almost 30 years on from its premier, Jonathan Miller’s dazzling inventive staging has, for many, become the definitive production of this much-loved Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera.

The show, beamed live from the London Coliseum, can be seen at The Core at Corby Cube on Thursda,y December 3, and The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough on Saturday, December 5. The screenings are both at 7.30pm.

Set in an English 1930s seaside hotel, Miller’s Marx Brothers-inspired song-and-dance Mikado is a popular hit with audiences of all ages.

The combination of Gilbert’s wit, Sullivan’s memorable melodies and Miller’s hilarious antics is irresistible.

Distinguished bass Robert Lloyd sings the genial Mikado for the first time, 46 years after making his English National Opera debut, while Richard Suart, the acknowledged master of the Lord High Executioner’s pathological “little list”, returns at Ko-Ko.

For the Corby showing call 01536 470470 for tickets.

To see it at Wellingborough call 01933 270 007.