“Opera Anywhere have established an enviable reputation, and have set a new benchmark in excellence” – Nicola Lisle, Oxford Times.
Driven by a passion to produce accessible, innovative and entertaining opera for all ages, Mike and Vanessa Woodward founded Opera Anywhere in 2000. Beginning life, on an especially erected stage on a pond at the centre of their Oxfordshire village, the early performances were Proms concerts, which soon developed into fully staged opera productions.
Since 2000, Mike and Vanessa have taken Opera Anywhere on tour throughout the UK, the main objective to entertain audiences with popular but also less well-known operas. As the name suggests, Opera Anywhere specialises in performing in new and unusual venues but they also are very familiar with theatres and festival locations.
This performance of The Mikado is a new direction for the LMF as it will be the first time that we have brought Gilbert & Sullivan to the stage.
The Mikado is a comic opera in two acts, set in the town of Titipu, it features Nanki-poo who falls in love with Yum-Yum, who, sadly for Nanki-poo, is betrothed to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner. Ko-Ko needs to find someone to execute, and quickly (chop chop), or it will be his neck on the block. Can some arrangement be found?
Because of the popular nature of this opera, we advise people to book early to avoid disappointment. We have a maximum number of 500 tickets available for this event, and in previous years, this has sold out. Please come early, bring a picnic and friends. Further information specific to this event can be found on our FAQ section of the website. Bayham Abbey is a fantastic venue and will be floodlit for the event.
Doors open 5.30pm for picnics. The performance will begin at 7.30pm and conclude around 10pm.