After creating eight works for the stage, Gilbert and Sullivan outdid themselves with a macabre farce set in the Far East. It is the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera, and arguably the most popular opera ever written. This may have had something to do with the vogue for all things Japanese at the time, but it is also due to the universal appeal of the characters - every culture has a bribe-hungry Pooh-Bah, giggling schoolgirls, and a pathetic, elderly Katisha.
This edition of the Chorus part includes all cues and a synopsis. It is edited by Bryceson Treharne.