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The Mikado

The idea for The Mikado first sprang into W.S. Gilbert’s mind when an old Japanese sword, which had been hanging on the wall of his study for years, suddenly fell from its place.

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Currently shipping rental costumes to all 50 states, Costume Holiday House offers a choice of arrival dates to accommodate your rehearsal schedule. Each costume comes bagged, individually tagged, and fully accessorized to make your final preparations before opening night as easy as possible.

We at Costume Holiday House look forward to assisting you in costuming your production. Whether you are a long time customer or this is your first time working with us, we hope that you find the quality of our staff and service helpful enough that you come back again and again and again.

For over 50 years of costuming excellence Costume Holiday House has been providing quality costumes at affordable prices for High Schools, Colleges, Community Theatres, Operas and Professional stock companies. With over 50,000 quality costumes, our competent staff of theatrical professionals are anxious to serve your every need. Please, feel free to contact us for any question inquires or special needs for your next production.

About This Show

The idea for The Mikado first sprang into W.S. Gilbert’s mind when an old Japanese sword, which had been hanging on the wall of his study for years, suddenly fell from its place. Gilbert took this as an omen and determined to leave his own country alone for a while and turn his biting satire instead towards the East. He did not have to look far to research the subject of his new play. He found all the material he wanted in Knightsbridge, a little village of Japanese immigrants within a mile of his own home in South Kensington. Here, he witnessed the strange arts, devices and lifestyles of this proud race. The story of The Mikado revolves around a young fellow named Nanki-Poo who has banished himself from the little town of Titipu. Nanki-Poo, it seems, has fallen in love with a beautiful young lady called Yum-Yum. Unfortunately, Yum-Yum is engaged to be married to her guardian, the tailor Ko-Ko. However, when Nanki-Poo hears that Ko-Ko has been condemned to death for the capital crime of flirting, he hastily returns to Titipu, only to learn that Ko-Ko has not only been granted a reprieve, but has been promoted to the post of Lord High Executioner. Apparently, those in power, wishing to slow down the rash of executions, reason that since Ko-Ko was next in line for execution, he can’t cut off anyone else’s head until he cuts off his own! The Mikado, however, soon takes notice of the lack of executions in Titipu and decrees that if no executions take place within the time of one month, the city shall be reduced to the status of a village. Ko-Ko, desperate to avoid cutting off his own head, vows to find a substitute, and as luck would have it, just at that moment, Nanki-Poo wanders onto the stage with a rope determined to take his own life rather than live life without his beloved Yum-Yum. Ko-Ko immediately siezes on this opportunity and offers the young lad one month of luxurious living at the end of which he would be relatively painlessly decapitated. Nanki-Poo agrees on the condition that he be married to Yum-Yum right away so that he can spend his last month in wedded bliss. But just as the wedding celebration begins, a law is discovered, much to Yum-Yum’s distress, which decrees that a condemned man’s wife must be buried alive with his corpse! The Mikado was originally staged at the Savoy Theatre in London on March 14, 1885 with Mr. R. Temple as the Mikado, Durward Lely as Nanki-Poo, George Grossmith as Ko-Ko, Rutland Barrington as Pooh-Bah and Leonora Braham as Yum-Yum. The official New York premiere took place on August 19, 1885 at the Fifth Avenue Theatre with a cast that included George Thorne (Ko-Ko), Fred Federici (Mikado), Geraldine Ulmar (Yum-Yum), Courtice Pounds (Nanki-Poo), Fred Billington (Pooh-Bah) and Elsie Cameron (Katisha). A Broadway revival was staged in 1927 at the Royale Theatre with Fred Wright as Ko-Ko, and another revival was staged in 1987 at the Virginia Theatre with Eric Donkin, Marie Baron, John Keane and Arlene Meadows. The 1938 film version features Martyn Green as Ko-Ko, Jean Colin as Yum-Yum, and Kenny Baker as Nanki-Poo. The 1969 film version features John Reed as Ko-Ko and Valerie Masterton as Yum-Yum. The 1998 film version features Eric Donkin and Gidon Saks.

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They have such great costumes and extras for all your costume needs all year round.

They have a children’s section as well as extras for any existing costume you might have already, and need to renew our replace accessories. They also have a large selection of costumes for your organization, church or group and have all the up to date make up and wigs for every need you might have.

Overall I would say that most any item you might need quickly you would have available year round and not need to pay extra to have it delivered from an online source.
Staff have always been pleasant when or family visits as well as helpful.

Michelle S., Fremont, Ohio

“We rented Aladdin Jr, and it was so easy and everyone loved the costumes. We will definitely be renting again. Thanks so much!”

Liz H., Bunsold Middle School

“Our costumes were great! It’s so nice to rent costumes instead of taking the time to purchase everything you need for a show. It made everything so easy and hassle free.”

Linda, Columbus

Stellar customer service! I appreciate the employee taking the time to show me the different brands of stage makeup. And I was very impressed and grateful for all her knowledge of application techniques”

Lisa P., Columbus, Ohio

Pam is ALWAYS so knowledgeable and helpful. I can count on her no matter what.”

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This is our go to place for all things costume! We love to dress up for any occasion that has a theme and this place has everything including expert advice from the staff! Weve never rented a costume or anything like that but we buy or prosthetic materials, make up and other costume accessories here. Definitely recommend it!!

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Perfect place for a screaming good time. Knowledgeable staff always on hand. We go all the time and always come away without a frightening cost. Rentals are awesome and the discounted costume pieces are top rate. I recommend anyone to find the time to check it out!!!” 

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This was the only store that I could find that had what I needed, and Pam went out of her way to help me out big time. Major kudos to this place and to Pam. I can tell that a lot of care is put into The Costume Holiday House, so I’d highly recommend it!

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