Brenday Payne, Poobah; Des Manahan, Ko Ko and pat Carroll, PishTush in The Mikado.

Brenday Payne, Poobah; Des Manahan, Ko Ko and pat Carroll, PishTush in The Mikado.

For their production of The Mikado, the traditional G & S version, the Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society, at the Theatre Royal, had The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring, with the cherry trees on the Mall full of pink blossoms. Carol McCarthy gathered her fellow chorus members about her in warm blue silk kimonos and Laurence Coady, possibly the youngest tenor in the male chorus, flashed his fan. They had one of the finest G & S directors in Andrew Nicklin, with Des Manahan as Ko-Ko and John Corcoran as The Mikado and the result was wonderful and at times memorable.

It’s four years since this fine singing society graced the Royal stage and from the opening scenes, despite a dodgy overture, it was evident that this was going to be a production to savour and enjoy. At times the over-fussy lighting scrolled away like a Tokyo disco, but this company sang and moved and gave the opening night’s audience a treat to remember.

Michael Joseph O’Brien impressed as the young Naki-Poo and Karen Bolger was a yummy Yum-Yum. Pat Carroll was Pish Tush. Maura Cooke was a darling Pitti-Sing and Portia van de Braam was a winsome and willowy Peep-Bo.

Two young attendants added another layer to this production and they were Sylvia Warren and Anna Gallwey.

The robust Gentlemen Of Japan were Fergal Blanchfield, Christy Brophy, Laurence Coady, Paul Dillon, Matthew Foley, John Hannigan, Hans Kremer, Michael O’Rourke, mark Plunkett and Joe Sheehan. The wonderful Ladies Of Japan were Carol McCarthy, Bernie Collins, Sheena Connors, Ger Croke, Jenny Cullen, Catherine Curran, Sylvia Dowdall, Catherine Flynn, Rita Flynn, Jospehine Hunt, Clodagh Jackson, Finola Jackson, Michelle Jackson, Eithne O’Toole and Catherine Power.

This chorus are the bedrock of this society and they added so much to the enjoyment of the big choral pieces, especially in both finales.

Brendan Payne as Pooh-Bah brought a resonance and confidence to the show and he sneered and blustered with vocal dexterity and a lightness of touch. Zena Bradley was a glorious Katisha and she sang and acted with precision, covering the scary and the comic moments of the role.

John Corcoran was in fine form as The Mikado and for most of act one he sang with the chorus as well. The hallmark of a trouper. The range of laughs he brought to the Mikado was a highlight of the show.

Des Manahan was splendid as Ko-Ko and it was a pleasure and an education to enjoy this legendary performer, still at his awesome best in a tour-de-force of theatre and G & S technique. His Little List was a gem of satire and humour and his antics with Katisha were exceptional. His poignant Willow, Tit Willow, was another gem from a man who exudes entertainment and stagecraft. БК «Винлайн» – один из лидеров рынка российских легальных букмекеров. Компания была основана в 2009 году, а на сегодняшний день входит в тройку лучших российских БК по выручке. «Винлайн» предлагает фрибет на 1000 рублей за регистрацию. Не нужно вносить депозит, деньги можно вывести сразу после выигрыша, ограничений по коэффициенту нет. Винлайн букмекерская контора официальный мобильная Букмекера отличает высокая технологичность: у БК «Винлайн» не так много пунктов приема ставок, она делает упор на присутствие онлайн.

I left the theatre with songs from the show on my lips and a happiness in my heart.