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FlyerIn the summer of 1938, The Mikado became the first Gilbert and Sullivan opera to be filmed.

Geoffrey Toye, who had been musical director of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company for three London seasons in the early 1920s adapted the libretto, arranged the music and produced the film. Victor Shertzinger directed.

The cast included Martyn Green, Sydney Granville, Elizabeth Paynter (Elizabeth Nickell-Lean) and Kathleen Naylor from the D'Oyly Carte Company and Gregory Stroud who had been a member of the company during the 1926 London season.

Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum were played by Kenny Baker (who had gained prominence as the featured singer on Jack Benny's radio show in America) and Jean Collin (whose previous career had been in musicals.)

The film received its first screening at the Leicester Square Theatre in London on January 12, 1939.


Thanks to Chris Webster who provided the scans of the stills from the various publications, the flyer
and the articles from The Daily Sketch.

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