Mikado poised for packed crowd at Lytham

Mikado poised for packed crowd at Lytham
Mikado poised for packed crowd at Lytham
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The ‘House Full’ signs could be up at Lytham Hall tomorrow for the latest summer open air performance.

The glorious weather - and let’s hope we’re not tempting fate - means ticket sales are booming for The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic opera.

The third show of the open air season sees the seven-strong Mikado cast stop off at Lytham as part of a 51-date tour.

The show has already played to capacity audiences at Chepstow Castle in south Wales and at Yorkshire’s famous Harewood House.

The first two shows of the at Lytham Hall season – Pride and Prejudice in a downpour and As You Like It in a heatwave – brought in almost 900 people and organiser Julian Wilde is expecting another big crowd tomorrow.

“I think everyone has gone into outdoor mode, inspired perhaps by Andy Murray and, hopefully, England’s cricketers,” he said.

“The last two musicals at Lytham Hall by Illyria (the company performing The Mikado) have been spectacular.

“I feel that audiences like the change from the traditional rather formal D’Oyly Carte style of Gilbert and Sullivan.

“ In Illyria’s version of The Mikado, the cast will each play several roles which all adds to the humour, but we can look forward to first-class singing too.

“The audience in Lytham was especially responsive last July and the cast is really looking forward to this return visit.”

The show starts at 7.30 pm and will finish around 10. Those attending should bring their own seating and warm clothing, just in case the good old British weather turns nasty. Tickets are £12, concessions £9.50 and £6, and available at www.uk.illyria.com

* Philip Ridley’s play Dark Vanilla premieres at the Royal Exchange in Manchester from Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 July, before transferring to the Edinburgh Festival.

It’s a drama about one girl’s craving for family and home. Tickets priced £12 from www.royalexchange.co.uk