Tonight the curtain opens for the St Albans Operatic Society’s new production of the Hot Mikado at the Alban Arena
So it seems only fitting that we get introduced to Robert Milner who is playing the Mikado, the title role.
So Rob, how did you first get involved in musicals?
I started singing in a church choir when I was six and continued until Uni when I joined the G&S society. My first musical was Kismet where I played the evil Wazir and died on stage every night. Some would say I’ve done that in every show since.
So after Hot Mikado, you will only need to play Koko to have played all the Mikado male roles, what next, directing Mikado?
Don’t mention Ko-Ko. I’ve auditioned 3 times for that blasted role and always ended up with another. I think I’ll have a rest from The Mikado for a while now having done it twice in 2 years!
Use five words to describe yourself as a actor?
Sophisticated, intelligent, understated, debonair, handsome.
Others might say short, fat, camp, hammy, and leave it at that!
Give us a 15 words synopsis of our production of Hot Mikado, in the style of the Mikado.
That geezer Ko-Ko tries to kill me son but can’t and ends up marrying an old tart.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not involved in a show.
I run a kids choir at St Michael’s church and a taxi service for my kids at the weekend.
If you could be any character from a musical, who would it be and why?
My favourite role I’ve played to date is Higgins in My Fair Lady – only problem was I couldn’t stop correcting everyone’s English for months afterwards. I’m desperate to play the baker in Sondheim’s Into the Woods before I get too old to do so – a great part in possibly my favourite show!