Published on March 10th, 2015 | by Admin

Esther Hannaford joins Colin Lane & David Collins in The 3 Mikados


Leading lady of the stage, Esther Hannaford, joins comedy double act veterans, Colin Lane (Lano from Lano and Woodley) and David Collins (the hairy one from The Umbilical Brothers), in the witty musical romp that is The 3 Mikados.

Most recently seen as Ann Darrow, in King Kong: The Musical, Esther will swap one giant monkey for two smaller ones as she teams up with Colin and David to tackle a Gilbert and Sullivan classic.

The 3 Mikados begins preview performances on Thursday 26 March 2015 at The Famous Spiegeltent, Arts Centre Melbourne, as part of the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and officially opens on Wednesday 1 April 2015.

In The 3 Mikados a casting mishap means only three actors and a pianist, musical director John Thorn, make it to the theatre. A fast-paced and hilarious run through of all of the characters, songs and near beheadings from The Mikado ensues. The cast take on multiple characters and tempers fray as Colin gives himself all the choice roles and leaves David carrying the spears. While Colin and David bicker over the billing, accomplished musical theatre performer Esther is forced to carry the show as leading lady Yum Yum.

The 3 Mikados offers a refreshing new take for G&S fans with faithful renderings of some of the operetta’s most popular songs. Colin and David hatched this plan while working together on a more traditional version of The Mikado. Rather than create a parody of the original this is the story of two idiots doing their best to mount their own Mikado – with limited success but riotous, feel-good results.

Directed by Russell Fletcher who has himself performed with the Reduced Shakespeare Company, The 3 Mikados is an entertaining, funny and endearing new take on the high camp Gilbert and Sullivan classic.

Presented by Token Events, the show was written by Colin and David with a little help from Gilbert and Sullivan.

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