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Flirt with the Mikado – see Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic opera at Duff House

6 August 2013

It’s a show that has stood the test of time, since its initial record breaking run in 1885, the Mikado remains one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operas.

Now you can see the production, for one night only at Duff House on the 15th August.  The outdoor performance, will allow the audience to bring a picnic and enjoy an opera classic against the backdrop of one of Scotland’s most stunning homes.

In 2011 Illyria, became the first and only major UK open-air touring theatre company to add Opera to its regular season. This production gets the complete Illyria treatment, faithfully performed by a reduced cast and accompanied by a Musical Director on keyboard.

Gillian Urquhart, Events Manager for Historic Scotland who runs Duff House said:

“We are thrilled that the Illyria cast and crew are performing again at Duff House.  This is a wonderful comic opera and while it is set in Japan, it is very much a parody of British politics and institutions.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to see the show in the beautiful setting of the Duff House grounds.  We hope people will bring a picnic and enjoy a very special, summer night of entertainment.”

Doors open for the event at 5.45pm with the production starting at 6.30pm. Tickets for the event are available now from Duff House or directly from the Illyria website www.illyria.uk.com.

Duff House, designed by Scottish architect William Adam (1689-1748), is the grandest classical country house to be built on a fresh site in early 18th century Scotland.  It is considered to be an Adam masterpiece and is one of the most important buildings in the North.

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