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Mikado [DVD] [US Import]

Gidon Saks , Henry Ingram , Norman Campbell    DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gidon Saks, Henry Ingram, Eric Donkin, Richard McMillan, Allen Stewart-Coates
  • Directors: Norman Campbell
  • Writers: William S. Gilbert
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1569383464
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,106 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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. From the Back Cover Described by critics as "scintillating," "exquisite," and "breathtaking," this version of the famous comic opera was a blockbuster hit at the world-renowned Stratford Festival. Cloaked in the guise of a Japanese musical drama, The Mikado is a spoof of Victorian English society. Centered on Ko-Ko (Eric Donkin), a lowly tailor, it chronicles his transformation from prisoner in a country jail to the rank of Lord Executioner. But Ko-Ko is plagued by a terrible quandary: the emperor (Gidon Saks) has instructed him to produce a head - or forfeit his own!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic 24 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Libretto to The Mikado is witty and demonstrates exactly WHY W.S.Gilbert was the first to be knighted as a playwright. Should be studied by ALL who wish involvement in musical comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book 20 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
a lovely facsimile of the book printed many years ago, with gorgeous colour print illustrations by Russell Flint, and the full libretto. Lovely gift for someone who loves G & S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars as promised 31 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Takes me to 2 copies, one hard back. Basically does what it's supposed to, it's there, l sing, job done.
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