Metro Theatre stages The Mikado

Metro Theatre is presenting Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera The Mikado from April 5 to May 3.

The musical theatre show has been a crowd-pleaser since 1885. It has all the typical features of its genre, including a pair of seemingly star-crossed lovers who triumph in the end and a powerful leader who takes delight in seeing his irrational laws carried out. There’s also a collection of sidekicks, all supported by a chorus of lovely ladies and natty noblemen. A satire of English society in its day, the story is set to lush music and in an exotic land.

Directing is Alison Schamberger, with musical direction from Spencer Bach and choreography by Dawn Ewen.

The half-century-old theatre is a short hop over the river in Vancouver, at 1370 SW Marine Dr. Tickets, $30 to $35, at 604-266-7191 and eventbrite.ca.

The show on Wednesday, April 9, is a fundraiser for Richmond Orchestra and Chorus. Tickets are just $20 for the 8 p.m. show. Call 604-276-2747.

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