I like Gilbert and Sullivan, and while I had some reservations about this production (it is an all-male version, and I was doubtful about whether that would really work)
|Alan Richardson, Richard Russell Edwards, |
James Jukes, Ben Vivian-Jones, Richard Munday
This allows for the everything to be done with no additional scene changes and very limited costuming.
The singing was excellent; very impressive to have all the female roles sung in the correct key etc, despite being sung by men. Katisha ( Alex Weatherill) has a particularly fine voice, as did Yum Yum (Alan Richardson).
Ko Ko's 'As someday it may happen' song (I've got a little list') had been updated but other than that there was very little in the libretto which was changed.
It's very entertaining, although even having seen it, I'm still not convinced that a mixed production would not have been at least as good, or better, but still fun!
The production is on tour until July. Details here.