Trivia: The Mikado


  • Accidentally Accurate: Although Gilbert didn't know it at the time, Ko-Ko is an actual Japanese name.
    • Amusingly enough, it's a girl's name.
  • Edward Gorey: Designed some fun Culture Chop Suey costumes and backdrops for a 1983 production. See them here.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Ko-Ko has been prone to the occasional stunt casting - including the likes of Eric Idle and Groucho Marx.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: The 1907 revival was cancelled for six weeks due to a state visit by Prince Fushimi Sadanaru. It backfired spectacularly when the prince expressed a desire to see the show. It backfired even worse when a command performance was put together and both the prince and his entourage found it Actually Pretty Funny.
  • Throw It In: When Yum-Yum reassures Nanki-Poo that she does not love Ko-Ko, his reply as originally written was simply "Rapture!" In an rehearsal Durward Lely, the actor playing Nanki-Poo, delivered the word "Rapture!" too strongly for Gilbert's liking, prompting Gilbert to tell him, "Modified rapture" (meaning "tone it down a bit"). Lely responded, "Modified rapture!" and Gilbert liked it and added "modified" to the script.