The Mikado

Opens 1st December

The Mikado

or The Town of Titipu

The Mikado

by Gibert & Sullivan

Director: Jonathan Weightman
Musical director: Jonathan Luxton
Designer: Micky Sá Fernandes
Choreography: Keith Esher Davis
orchestra composed of students from the Escola Superior de Música conducted by Jonathan Luxton

Excitement is mounting as we get ready to present what we think is the Lisbon première of Gilbert and Sullivan’s masterpiece at Estrela Hall. With its multi-talented cast from four continents and twelve nationalities we think you’re in for a treat! Its mix of experienced professional singers and actors and talented newcomers make this a production designed to take your mind off the terrible woes that beset the world and transport you to the ridiculous Kingdom of Titipu, where all the usual rules are suspended for a couple of hours of delight with Gilbert’s brilliant libretto and the wonderful music of Sullivan.

First performed at the Savoy Theatre in London in 1885 this brilliant and much-loved comic opera has never been out of the repertoire. Set in the mythical kingdom of Titipu its absurd tale of reward, punishment and love requited and unrequited is a political satire that for all its fun still has resonances today. An international cast of experienced singers and actors join some exciting new talent to bring you an effervescent production to round off 2016.

Cast: Agnès Parlange, Carlos Martins, Louise Kakoma, Mick Greer, Joana Albuquerque, Catarina Rodrigues , Alexander Wiss, Juan Henning, Gonzalo Guzmán, Keith Esher Davis, Nicole Miguel, Manuel Barbosa, Filipe Thomaz, António Cabral, Phillip Manley, Rhyana Blakeley, Helena Lopes Braga, Shynargul Kabysheva.

1st – 17th December at Estrela Hall
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 21.00 (9 pm)
Sunday Matinee on 11th December at 16.00 (4 pm)
Benefit performance on 18th December at 19.00 (7 pm)*
* Benefit for PORTUGUESE REFUGEE COUNCIL – all box office takings will revert to Conselho Português para os Refugiados

To book, please go to Reservations and fill in the form. 

The Mikado


Dear friends,

We stand poised on the brink of an historic opportunity for the Estrela Site to return to the ownership of the people of Lisbon.

The division of the Estrela Site in the land registry is now almost complete. This means that its current owners, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, can choose to offer the site to the Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, who then have a two week window to save Estrela hall by accepting the offer.

In the event that the CML do not accept this offer, the proposed sale of this land to a private buyer will go through, and we will be facing ‘Vacant Possession’ i.e. Lisbon Players, the oldest theatre group in Lisbon, and a source of joy and culture to you, the people of this city, for nearly 70 years, will be evicted from its home !!!

With your unstinting support and that of the CML, we are confident this will not be the case and we will continue to be open to serve you for the next 70 years!! Our future hangs on these decisions to be made!!

We will be keeping you posted here on any development as it happens. So keep checking. We need your support now more than ever to keep going!


we are continuing to do what we do best- to delight, entertain and provoke- all of which, judging by the popular response, the season opener at LP, ‘Cooking with Elvis’ , did with masterly aplomb and explosive sass. We intend to match this spectacular production with our forthcoming Portuguese premiere of the deliciously frolicsome labor of love , ‘The Mikado’, by Gilbert and Sullivan, opening 1st December. The new year at LP promises to be a bold one, with several audacious productions lined up and most importantly, the CELEBRATION OF OUR 70th ANNIVERSARY! Yes, time, that gleeful zephyr, does have a magnificently willful flight when it ripples through the limelight! Our first production opened on 29th March 1947!

Stay tuned for what we have in store for our birthday bash!! It has been quite a journey, and we are looking forward to enjoying our celebrations with the people who made it possible- YOU!

Yours, as ever,

Short Introduction to Playback Theatre Workshop

About Playback Theatre (PT)

Playback Theatre is an original form of improvisational theatre in which audience or group members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot. Whether in theatres, workshops, educational or clinical settings, Playback Theatre draws people closer as they see their common humanity.

Playback Theatre was founded in 1975 in the Mid-Hudson Valley in New York by Jonathan Fox with Jo Salas and other members of the original Playback Theatre Company. Since then, it has reached hundreds of settings and locations and is now practiced in over 60 countries.

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Aside from being a unique form of improvisational theatre, PT training and practice can also help traditional theatre actors to enhance their stage skills, particularly in terms of stage presence, listening skills and confidence with improvisation. PT also focuses on values such as group work, courage and risk-taking which can be beneficial to an actor’s work generally.

For more information about PT please see (info in Portuguese) and

Details of Workshop

Time and Place:

Saturday, 26 November, 3 to 6 pm, at the St Andrews Church of Scotland, Rua Arriaga, Santos


Introduce participants to PT theory and practice, including its social context.


The workshop will consist of two parts, each of about 90 minutes duration.

The first part will consist of a short introduction to the history and theory of PT, a warm-up and a series of exercises to help participants prepare for the practice of PT in the second part.

The second part will include a short discussion about the all-important listening process in PT, followed by learning and practice of some of the short and/or intermediary forms used in performance.

Other details:

The trainer will be assisted by a practising member of the Lisbon PT group, Teatro Imediato.

No. of participants: 8 to 12 recommended.

Participants that are musically inclined are invited to bring small instruments, e.g. a guitar or small percussion instrument.

This workshop is open to all.

In order to register, interested participants should send an email to Suresh Nampuri at with the subject line – Playback Theatre Workshop, preferably with a CV or a brief description of theatre background if any.

About the Tutor

José Marques is a graduate of the Playback Centre of New York (in association with the UK Playback Theatre School) and a recent member of the Lisbon Players.

He has a background in traditional theatre, having completed a BA Performing Arts (Theatre) at the University of Western Sydney. In Australia, he worked in theatre until moving to Portugal in 2006, including a brief stint with the Canberra Playback Theatre Company. In Portugal, he works as an English tutor and translator and has continued his interest in Playback Theatre through training in the UK and managing the first PT group in Portugal (founded in 2007).

Auditions – The Bald Soprano


Director João Telmo will be holding auditions for actors for our January 2017 production of Eugène Ionesco’s THE BALD SOPRANO. The auditions will be on Monday 24th October from 4 pm to 9 pm, with a call back (if necessary) on Tuesday 25th at the same time.

The auditions will be for the roles of Mrs. Smith, Mr. Smith, Mrs. Martin, Mr. Martin, Mary the maid and The Fire Chief.

The production will run from January 26th to February 11th, 2017

Pick a scene from the play for the role you’d be interested in playing. Follow this link to find the full playscript:

A good level of spoken English is required.

If you’re interested just turn up on Monday 24th October at Estrela Hall, Rua da Estrela, 10.

For more information, email

The Lisbon Players is a voluntary organization and no-one is paid for their work.





Sunday September 11th at 3pm at Estrela Hall


Places are filling up fast for this workshop! If you’re interested, send an email to before Sunday 28th of August

After the great success of last year’s production of The Pirates of Penzance, the Lisbon Players will be putting on what is perhaps Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-known opera, The Mikado, in December 2016 and to give a taste of  what is in store will be running a workshop for actors, singers and dancers in which participants will be asked to join in a scene which will include a chorus number and a dance routine.

No previous experience is necessary and the workshop is open to all. However a reasonable level of English is obviously a requirement.

The workshop will be conducted by Jonathan Weightman,  Jon Luxton (music), Louise Kakoma (pianist and chorus work) and Keith Esher Davis (choreography)

The workshop is free but previous enrollment is necessary as there is a limit on numbers.


English-speaking Stage Manager (M/F) for the Lisbon Players’ December production of the comic opera The Mikado.

The right person for this challenging job will be someone with an interest in theatre, someone who’s good at managing people and works well with both the production team and the multinational actors/singers/musicians.

It will involve a couple of production meetings and presence at the rehearsals from the beginning of November (two evenings a week and one weekend afternoon). During the run – Thursday to Saturday, 1st to 17th of December, she/he will be required to be at the theatre from 7.30 pm until the final curtain.

The stage manager (director de cena/contra-regra) is responsible for the smooth running of the show, scene changes, prompting at rehearsals,  making sure everyone is in place on time and  taking notes and assisting the director at rehearsals

If you’ve had no experience of this kind of work but think you have the necessary skills and enthusiasm, this is a great opportunity to gain experience and confidence.

Interested? Contact Jonathan on or 964475745


The Lisbon Players is a voluntary organization and no-one is paid for their work

2016-2017 Season

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2016 Timeline of Recent Events

To read more about recent events at Estrela Hall, click here to read our 2016 Timeline of Recent Events.

Our new 2016/17 committee and an update on Estrela Hall

Dear Members and supporters,

First of all, a huge thank you to all who came to the AGM on Sunday 20th March. Vital points were brought up, which the current committee is now committed to discuss and reflect upon.

The new structure for the 2016/17 committee is as follows:

Alexandra Bochmann (chairman)
Cassandra Woolford (treasurer)
Celia Williams
Colin Lee-Warden
Elizabeth Bochmann
Jonathan Weightman
Keith Davis
Nicki Bailey
Peter Dawson
Stephen Bull (secretary)
Suresh Nampuri

This year the committee has assigned representatives of 3 main areas of interest, who can be contacted by you, as and when applicable, for any queries, suggestions or proposals:

Artistic department
Celia Williams:

Operations department (day-to-day running)
Cassandra Woolford:

Estrela Hall Action department
Stephen Bull:

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you so require.  Of course, you can also contact us via  and via our facebook page

Our petition has been gaining huge support, but we need to keep on collecting signatures.  Please share the link with everyone you can think of.  To date we have 1,793 signatures – let’s get to 5,000 soon!

Here is the link again:

Recent press coverage includes the following link to the programme on TVi last Wednesday, an article in the Portugal News,, and another article in last week’s magazine Sábado.

We will update you soon with more information and news of our forthcoming production of Antigone, which opens on April 21st.

Onwards and upwards!


The President of the Junta de Freguesia of Campo de Ourique, Pedro Cegonho, yesterday proposed to the Assembleia Municipal de Lisboa that they should recommend to the Câmara Municipal (CML) to consider buying the Estrela Site; this was accepted unanimously.

You can see the minutes here:,000075/index.htm

Lisbon Players have always maintained our wish to continue providing English speaking theatre in Estrela Hall.
This is not only for the British community who we have served for many decades, but also the growing public of English speakers of many origins in Lisbon, not least the Portuguese.

We are now optimistic that the people of Lisbon, through their elected representatives, are seeking a solution that ALL involved can benefit from, be they theatre-goers, patients who might use the British Hospital, others with a historical link to the ‘Estrela Site’ or people who care about Lisbon’s rich history.

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