The Mikado at London Coliseum tickets
The Mikado at London Coliseum tickets

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About the show

ENO's 2019/20 season continues with a dazzling revival of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. Directed by Jonathan Miller and boasting a memorable score, this is a tale that proves resoundingly apt for our moment in time, while remaining wonderfully farcical. The piece runs at the London Coliseum from 28 October 2019.

The Mikado comprises music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, marking the pair's ninth operatic collaboration. The show premiered at London's Savoy Theatre in 1885. It came to be the second-longest running musical at that time. Today it is frequently performed around the world. In Miller's production, the 'little list' song is a specially adapted, topical highlight guaranteed to delight its audience.

Nanki-Poo is betrothed to the scheming Ko-Ko, who has just been appointed Lord High Executioner, but she is in love with Yum-Yum. When the fatuous Mikado (the emperor of Japan) calls for a beheading, Nanki-Poo and Ko-Ko must put their heads together... or risk losing them. A skewering of the absurdity of laws and the hotheads who make them, Miller's revival takes many a sly dig at today's figures of power. The production is performed in English with surtitles displaying all sung words above.

Star Gilbert and Sullivan performer Richard Suart plays the part of Ko-Ko, a role which he has already made his own. Andrew Shore performs Pooh-Bah and bass Sir John Tomlinson dons the oversized suit of the Mikado. Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum are played by Soraya Mafi and Elgan Llŷr Thomas, two of ENO's Harewood Artists.

Jonathan Miller’s other directorial works for the ENO include Le Nozze di Figaro and Rigoletto. He counts a Special Tony Award, Knight Bachelor and CBE among his long list of awards.
Chris Hopkins conducts the production. Elaine Tyler-Hall is the Revival Director, Anthony van Laast is the Choreographer and Carol Grant is Revival Choreographer. Set design is by Stefanos Lazaridis, costume design comes from Sue Blane and lighting design is the work of Davy Cunningham.

This deliciously inventive and comical piece is a co-production with Houston Grand Opera and LA Opera. Put The Mikado on your 'little list' when it plays at the London Coliseum from 28 October 2019.

Recommended for

Fans of Richard Suart won’t want to miss his acclaimed performance as Ko-Ko. Gilbert and Sullivan devotees may well have seen versions of The Mikado already, but will certainly want to see Jonathan Miller’s innovative and show-stopping take on it.

Age Recommendations: No under 5s

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Opened: 28 Oct 2019
Booking from: 30 Nov 2019
Booking until: 30 Nov 2019

Location and map

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES

72 Reviews Add review

The Mikado is a comical opera from Gilbert and Sullivan in which the desires of the heart come into conflict with the letter of the... More

MrMHurst 5"9', 31 reviews, 14 helpful votes

I saw my first Mikado in the 1950s during one of the D'Oyly Carte company's visits to Leeds where I grew up. Have loved it ever since.... More

johns74 1 review, 0 helpful votes

This night was the final production of Jonathan Miller's Mikado in this season. It was brilliant with excellent singing and dancing... More

davidjohng 1 review, 0 helpful votes

katherineh5 5’2”, 39 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Really excellent and classic show

jonathanb15 1 review, 0 helpful votes

A fun, updated version of this great operetta.

djhunt 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was wonderful, the set and costumes were so good and there was the right amount of humour portrayed. I love this Gilbert and... More

helenp31 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Wonderful production. The music is always a complete joy, in this case performed by an excellent orchestra and superb cast.

keving12 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Such a great opera. Fine singing, comedy and just very entertaining. A good 'first' opera.

mariabell 5'10, 44 reviews, 1 helpful vote