Hill House, the National Trust for Scotland’s Charles Rennie Mackintosh gem in Helensburgh is hosting the wonderful comic opera, The Mikado, this month.
The celebrated company, Illyria, only added opera to their repertoire a couple of years ago but now these open air shows are a highlight of their UK wide tours.
So for one night only the grounds of Hill House become the Japanese town of Titipu.
This comic opera, from the pens of Gilbert and Sullivan, although set in Japan, is a parody of British politics, institutions and public life.
It’s faithfully performed by the reduced cast with accompaniment from their musical director. So you can fully enjoy the outcome and consequences when flirting becomes illegal in the town of Titipu. Watch the conniving Lord High Executioner, and the frustrated lovers – Yum Yum and Nanki-Pu, as they play out there deceptions before the arrival of The Mikado for a state visit.
In what is a perfect summer entertainment for residents and visitors together, make a full evening of it with a picnic on the lawns: bring blankets and chairs to sit on – and why not enjoy a pre-booked Strawberry Tea.
Hill House, overlooking the River Clyde, is widely regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation. He designed nearly everything inside and much has been restored to a house as it would have been when built in 1904. The beautiful gardens have also been recreated to that era.
Titipu becomes a temporary reality on the hill above this designed Clydeside town on 27th July 2013 from 19.00-21.15.
Tickets: Adult £15, Children £10, Family (2+2) £45. Strawberry teas cost £4 for one person and £7.50 for two.
For more information, to book tickets [also available online here] or to order a Strawberry Tea please call 0844 493 2208.