Hot Mikado delivers boundless fun

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Travel to Japan for an evening of toe-tapping fun courtesy of the Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society.

The groups latest production, ‘Hot Mikado’ provides slap stick humour and boundless enthusiasm, as well as some slightly surreal moments.

The plot follows Nanki-Poo who, under the disguise of a second trumpeter, tries to secure the beautiful Yum-Yum’s hand in marriage.

The stumbling block in his plan is Ko-Ko, the city’s chief executioner and Yum-Yum’s fiancée.

The role of bumbling Ko-Ko was taken by Cary Palmer whose slap-stick comedy delivered the stand out performance of the evening.

As the tale unfolded the cast delivered some brilliant musical numbers, during which Kate Steggles shone as Pitti-Sing.

In the plot’s surreal climax the Mikado appeared as a tap dancing Elvis Presley, a dramatic turn that was somewhat lost on me.

Nevertheless Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society have produced a show that delivers boundless fun and showcases the wide reaching talents of their accomplished cast.

Hot Mikado can be seen at Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal at 7.30pm until May 18, with a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday.