The Mikado at the English National Opera in London



  • 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.

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