• Sweet Charity I'm a Brass Band
  • Carousel, the Rogers and Hammerstein musical
  • Chess the musical
  • Strictly Musicals
  • Crazy for You musical
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie musical
  • Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim
  • Love Online the Musical
  • Sweeney Todd the musical
  • South Pacific musical
  • Beauty and the Beast the musical
  • Blitz the Lionel Bart musical
  • Strictly Musicals
  • The Sainsburys Singers has a full technical theatre crew and its own front of house volunteers
  • The ballet in Carousel the musical
  • The Sainsbury Singers performing Red Hot and Cole
  • Return to the Forbidden Planet

Show history

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

  • Guys and Dolls
  • Pickwick

2002

  • Evita
  • The Pirates of Penzance

2001

  • Oklahoma!
  • Half a Sixpence

2000

  • Sweet Charity
  • The Merry Widow

1999

  • Iolanthe
  • Annie Get Your Gun

1998

  • Carousel
  • Mame

1997

  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Me and My Girl

1996

  • My Fair Lady
  • Kiss Me, Kate

1995

  • Call Me Madam
  • The Gondoliers

1994

  • Pirating Pinafore
  • The Pirates of Penzance
  • South Pacific

1993

  • Ruddigore
  • Guys and Dolls

1992

  • Orpheus in the Underworld
  • Calamity Jane

1991

  • The Grand Duke
  • Hello, Dolly!

1990

  • Die Fledermaus
  • Half a Sixpence

1989

  • The Mikado
  • Oklahoma!

1988

  • The Merry Widow
  • Show Boat

1987

  • Merrie England
  • Annie Get Your Gun

1986

  • The Yeomen of the Guard
  • South Pacific

1985

  • La Vie Parisienne
  • The Pajama Game

1984

  • Kiss Me, Kate
  • Carousel

1983

  • My Fair Lady
  • Trial by Jury
  • HMS Pinafore

1982

  • Half a Sixpence
  • Princess Ida

1981

  • Chu Chin Chow
  • La Belle Hélène

1980

  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors
  • Cavalleria Rusticana

1979

  • The Merry Widow
  • The Zoo
  • The Pirates of Penzance

1978

  • Die Fledermaus
  • Oklahoma!

1977

  • Orpheus in the Underworld
  • The Gondoliers

1976

  • My Fair Lady
  • Trial by Jury
  • The Sorcerer

1975

  • La Vie Parisienne
  • The Yeomen of the Guard

1974

  • Faust
  • Utopia (Limited)

1973

  • The Bartered
  • Bride Patience

1972

  • Carmen
  • The Mikado

1971

  • Tom Jones
  • Trial by Jury
  • HMS Pinafore

1970

  • La Belle Hélène
  • Iolanthe

1969

  • Die Fledermaus
  • The Gondoliers

1968

  • Orpheus in the Underworld
  • Princess Ida

1967

  • The Merry Widow
  • Cox and Box
  • The Pirates of Penzance

1966

  • The Vagabond King
  • Ruddigore

1965

  • Bless the Bride
  • The Yeomen of the Guard

1964

  • The Mikado
  • The New Moon

1963

  • The Desert Song
  • Merrie England

1962

  • Perchance to Dream
  • The Gondoliers

1961

  • The Rebel Maid
  • Martha

1960

  • Die Fledermaus
  • Iolanthe

1959

  • The Merry Widow
  • Patience

1958

  • White Horse Inn
  • The Duchess of Dantzig

1957

  • The Arcadians
  • The Gipsy Baron

1956

  • The Yeomen of the Guard
  • The Maid of the Mountains

1955

  • The Quaker Girl
  • Elijah

1954

  • Faust
  • A Country Girl

1953

  • The Belle of New York
  • The Mikado

1952

  • The Desert Song
  • Merrie England

1951

  • Monsieur Beaucaire

1950

  • The Bartered Bride

1949

  • The Gondoliers

1948

  • The Arcadians
  • Tom Jones

1947

  • Merrie England
  • Trial by Jury
  • The Pirates of Penzance

1946

  • The Yeomen of the Guard

1945

  • The Beggar's Opera
  • Iolanthe

1944

  • The Gondoliers
  • The Mikado

1943

  • HMS Pinafore

1942

  • Tales of Hoffman
  • Ladies of Cranford
  • Hiawatha's Wedding Feast

1941

  • Plain Jane
  • The Policeman's Serenade
  • The Dear Departed

1939

  • HMS Pinafore
  • The Pirates of Penzance

Hot Mikado Artwork with detailsHot Mikado

Cultures glide and collide in a hilarious and "hot" updating of Gilbert and Sullivan's perennial classic The Mikado which first graced the theatrical boards in 1885. Hot Mikado which was created 101 years later, weaves a hilarious tale where despite life or death stakes, characters still find time to tap their toes and do their fair share of scatting.

In a land where outlandish laws sentence people to death for almost any indiscretion, find out what happens when the clean lines and colour of Japanese design combine with the big band sights and sounds of popular American song and dance!

The plot of Hot Mikado does not stray far from the Gilbert and Sullivan original, with a similar satiric tone. The intricate storyline intertwines together the lives of the Titipu citizens with theatrical and comical results.

Hot Mikado fuses an eclectic mix of musical styles and influences, with big numbers such as 'Three Little Maids', 'I've Got A Little List' and 'A Wandering Minstrel I' given the rock, blues, swing and hot gospel treatment. Bursting with toe tapping lindy-hop, jazz and tap dance numbers, this show isn't just sizzling - it's hot!

Book and lyrics adapted by David H Bell. Music adapted and arranged by Rob Bowman. The Sainsbury Singers performed this under agreement from Joseph Weinberger Limited. 

Hot Mikado was produced and directed by Wendy Carne with musical direction by Jon Brooks, choreography by Denise Schult and lighting design by Kim Hollamby.

Read our full NODA report of Hot Mikado here.

 

Award winning!

 The Sainsbury Singers are very pleased to announce that their production of Hot Mikado won the NODA district awards for the following catagories:

  • The Dorothy Lawson Award for Best Gilbert & Sullivan - Hot Mikado 
  • The Malcom Rose Award for Best Female in a Gilbert & SullivanLucy Hutson as Pitti Sing
  • The Malcom Rose Award for Best Male in a Gilbert & SullivanGareth Wells as Ko-Ko

And many congratulations for the cast and crew of Hot Mikado which won the Dorothy Lawson Award for Best G&S regional trophy, and Gareth Wells who won the Malcom Rose Award for Best Male in a G&S regional trophy!

To read more about the NODA Awards, read our blog here.

 

What the audience said

Just wanted to stop by and say congratulation on such an amazing show, oh how we laughed! Jessamy was brilliant, Gareth made me laugh so much! The whole thing came together so well, you are all so talented.
Very enjoyable show. Congratulations to everyone involved, especially Ko-Ko (Gary) - really funny and a great talent.
Brilliant show! Great music! Special mention to Gareth Wells and Jessamy Vincent - outstanding! Loved 3 Little Maids and of course all the choreography, Denise Schult!
Well done Sainsbury Singers. A super show with some truly amazing moments. You should be proud of yourselves. Some great singing and comedy too. Applause.
Fantastic performance tonight, well done all of you, can't wait for the next production! Very funny, very professional, tons of talent. Best night out I've had for a long while. Highly recommended.
This show is just one of the funniest things I have seen in ages. If you haven't got a ticket yet, you need to get one. I wanted to see it again as soon as it finished.

 

Gallery

hot mikado gallery

Cast

  • The Mikado Brian Bretney
  • Nanki-Poo Chris Thomas
  • Yum-Yum Abi Lingwood
  • Pitti-Sing Lucy Hutson
  • Peep-Bo Lorraine Cox
  • Pish-Tush Tony Demetriou
  • Ko-Ko Gareth Wells
  • Pooh-Bah Stephen Cox
  • Katisha Jessamy Vincent
  • Ping-Pong Matthew Smith
  • Wei-Ling Kazia Grainger
  • Lead Tap Dancers Cath Hannan, Emily Hiscock, Hannah Rakowska

 

Ladies and Gentlemen of Japan

Amy Hale, Brian Bretney, Cath Hannan, Chris Howard, Chris Reeves, Denise Schult, Emily Hiscock, Emma Fry, Emma Reeves, Godfrey Chigona, Hannah Rakowska, Helen Thomas, Hilary Latimer & Michael Schult.

 

The Hot Mikado Band

        • Bass Phil Berry
        • Percussion Julian Brown
        • Piano Jon Brooks
        • Trombone Nick Kershaw
        • Trumpet James Lowe
        • Reeds and Flute Anna O'Brien

 

Behind the Scenes

      • Producer Wendy Carne
      • Choreographer Denise Schult
      • Musical Director Jon Brooks
      • Lighting Designer Kim Hollamby
      • Sound John Ollerenshaw, Sally Ollerenshaw
      • Lighting programming and technician Adrian Croton
      • Followspots Nathan Isaac, Louis Martin
      • Stage Manager John Simmonds
      • Deputy Stage Manager Becca Simons
      • Stage Crew Joe Daniels & John Gibbs
      • Lighting and Sound Hire Dinrino Theatre Services
      • Additional Lighting Equipment Kim Hollamby
      • Props and Set Kazia Grainger
      • Wardrobe Designer Amanda Bretney
      • Wardrobe Supervisor Emma Reeves
      • Makeup Design Kerry Thomas
      • Makeup Team Jennifer Clark
      • Hair and Wigs Catherine Hannan
      • Prompt Anne Lowder
      • Displays Marketing Team and Emma Reeves
      • Website Kim Hollamby
      • Marketing Team Sara El-Hanfy, Kazia Grant, Louise Quelch, Denise Schult, Katie Wise
      • Programme and Handbill Design Jessamy Vincent
      • Publishing Manager Jessamy Vincent
      • Photography Ray Wilmott 
      • Fundraising Team Rob Latimer, Michael Schult, Kerry Thomas
      • Social Team Stephen Cox, Catherine Hannan, Chris Reeves, Emma Reeves
      • Ticket Officer Anne Jones
      • Front of House Manager John Jones

 

Society Front of House Team

Brian Bennett, Sam Blake, Emma Bradbury, Sara El-Hanfy, Lynne Furnell, Rob Furnell, Harry Latimer, Rob Latimer, Helen Long, Pat Long, Jo O'Mahoney, Steve O'Mahoney, Laurent Petithuguenin, Louise Quelch, Arthur Reeves, Ian Reeves, Lawrence Reeves, David Schult, Jackie Stoffels, Claire Wilson, Emily Wilson & Gordon Wyard