- Running time: 2hr 40mins
- Language: Sung in English, with lyrics projected above the stage
- Signed Performance: 3 February 2016
The Mikado cast and creative team
Conductor Fergus Macleod
Director Jonathan Miller
Revival Director Elaine Tyler-Hall
Set Designer Stefanos Lazaridis
Costume Designer Sue Blane
Lighting Designer Davy Cunningham
Choreographer Anthony van Laast
Ko-Ko Richard Suart
Nanki-Poo Anthony Gregory
Yum-Yum Mary Bevan
Pooh-Bah Graeme Danby
Katisha Yvonne Howard
The Mikado of Japan Robert Lloyd
Pish-Tush George Humphreys
Peep-Bo Fiona Canfield
Pitti-Sing Rachael Lloyd
Co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Los Angeles Music Center Opera
Supported by the van Steenis family in memory of Jhr Dr Dick van Steenis
Audio clips: © p1986 JAY Productions Ltd. Used with permission and under license from JAY Productions Ltd.
Nanki-Poo loves Yum-Yum. Just one snag. She’s betrothed to Ko-Ko, the new Lord High Executioner. And Ko-Ko needs to find someone to execute – chop chop! Otherwise, it’s his own neck on the block. Maybe Ko-Ko and Nanki-Poo can come to some arrangement… without anyone losing their head?
‘Irresistible… a brilliant comic performance.’ ★★★★ The Stage
Set in an ever-so English 1930s seaside hotel, Jonathan Miller’s Marx Brothers-inspired song-and-dance Mikado is a popular hit with audiences of all ages. The combination of Gilbert’s virtuosic wit, Sullivan’s memorable melodies and Miller’s hilarious antics is irresistible.
‘Riotous production hits the funny bone once again’ ★★★★ What’sOnStage
Distinguished bass Robert Lloyd sings the genial Mikado for the first time, 46 years after making his ENO debut, while Richard Suart, the acknowledged master of the Lord High Executioner’s pathological ‘little list’, returns as Ko-Ko. ENO Harewood Artists Mary Bevan and Anthony Gregory play the lovers Yum-Yum and Nanki-Poo, while ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellow Fergus Macleod makes his company debut.
‘Feels as fresh as paint… this fine cast make the evening hum’ ★★★★The Guardian
On Sunday 6 December 2015, Jonathan Miller’s production of The Mikado celebrated its 200th performance. Originally opening in September 1986, it has delighted audiences (and ENO staff) for almost 30 years. We’ve been looking back at some of our favourite memories.