The D Oyly Carte Opera Company will perform Gilbert and Sullivan s The Mikado in the Company s first London appearance in three years. The production will run for one week only at the South Bank Centre s Royal Festival Hall from Monday 31 August 1998.

The most popular of the Savoy Operas, The Mikado features a host of Gilbert and Sullivan classics such as “Behold the Lord High Executioner”, “A Wandering Minstrel I”, “I ve Got a Little List”, “Tit Willow”, “The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring” and “Three Little Maids from School”.

The production is directed by Fenton Gray and choreographed by Lisa Kent with musical direction by John Owen Edwards, costume design by James Hendy and lighting by Chris Ellis. It will feature the full cast of soloists, chorus and orchestra of the D Oyly Carte Company.

Lynton Black returns, especially for these performances, from the Salzburg Festival to re-create the title role that he last performed, to critical acclaim, in the 1995 original season of the production. Jill Pert also returns as ‘Katisha and Eric Roberts as ‘Ko-Ko .

The Mikado will run from 31 August to 5 September with nightly performances at 7.30PM and matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30PM.