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The Mikado

Silk Programme
1891 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

The Royal Command staging of The Mikado was the first theatrical performance at Balmoral Castle. Although the D'Oyly Carte Company (in the midst of a tour of Scotland) was currently rehearsing The Gondoliers, Queen Victoria had already seen the opera at Windsor Castle a few months earlier.

The company faced several logistical difficulties in performing at Balmoral, travelling from Aberdeen to Ballater and rehearsing on the small ballroom stage before the performance at 9:30pm. After a midnight supper, the company travelled back to Aberdeen at 3:00am for two performances of The Gondoliers the following day.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Printed silk with braided trim
Brief description
Silk programme for The Mikado, Balmoral Castle, 1891
Physical description
Cream silk fringed programme, with metal thread braiding and two pom-poms. The programme is mounted on cream cardboard.
Dimensions
  • Height: 31.4cm (Note: unmounted)
  • Width: 23.9cm (Note: unmounted)
  • Height: 38.3cm (Note: mounted)
  • Width: 28.1cm (Note: mounted)
Marks and inscriptions
Credit line
Given by the British Theatre Museum Association
Object history
This silk programme was produced for the Royal Command performance of The Mikado at Balmoral Castle on 4th September 1891. The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, transferred from Her Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen, was managed Mr. E. H. Beresford, stage managed by Mr. J. C. Scanlan and conducted by P. W. Halton. The cast was led by Mr. Thomas Redmond as the Mikado and Mr. Richard Clarke as Nanki-Poo.



The programme was given to the British Theatre Museum Association by Mr E.H. Priest in November 1967.

Associations
Summary
The Royal Command staging of The Mikado was the first theatrical performance at Balmoral Castle. Although the D'Oyly Carte Company (in the midst of a tour of Scotland) was currently rehearsing The Gondoliers, Queen Victoria had already seen the opera at Windsor Castle a few months earlier.



The company faced several logistical difficulties in performing at Balmoral, travelling from Aberdeen to Ballater and rehearsing on the small ballroom stage before the performance at 9:30pm. After a midnight supper, the company travelled back to Aberdeen at 3:00am for two performances of The Gondoliers the following day.
Other number
1967/A/67 - BTMA accession number
Collection
Accession number
S.580-2016

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Record createdOctober 13, 2016
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