Enjoy taste of Orient in Spain Lane venue

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AN ORIENTAL comedy extravaganza is coming to town with Boston Operatic Society’s version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado.

The society have been rehearsing twice weekly at Blackfriars Arts Centre since January and have been nominated for the best show award of 2010 by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association for Pickwick.

They will be performing at the Spain Lane venue from Monday until Saturday every evening at 7.30pm with an additional matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday.

They are supported by a nine-piece orchestra under the musical direction of Lynne Baker.

The set has been designed and built by the society’s crew.

The plot sees Nanki-Poo, son of the Emperor of Japan, the Mikado, run away from the Imperial Court to avoid marrying elderly lady Katisha who claims him in marriage under his father's rather severe morality laws.

While hiding in the town of Titipu disguised as a 'second trombone' Nanki-Poo falls in love with a local maiden, Yum-Yum.

Unfortunately Yum-Yum is engaged to her guardian, a tailor called Ko-Ko who, having been condemned to death for flirting, has been raised to the exalted rank of lord high executioner on the basis that he cannot cut off another's head until he has cut off his own.

This has resulted in a decrease in the number of executions in Titipu so when it is announced that the Mikado is coming to find out the reason for this abnormality, Ko-Ko is desperate to find a substitute to execute in his place.

Ko-Ko agrees to allow Nanki-Poo to marry Yum-Yum on the promise that after a month, Nanki-Poo will present himself for execution so that Ko-Ko can then marry the new widow.

Alas for Ko-Ko, the Mikado arrives before this plan can be put into effect.

Tickets for the show cost £12.50 on 01205 363108.