One of the most
joyous productions over recent years at English National Opera
returns this autumn. It has
delighted audiences ever since Jonathan Miller take on the 19th-century romp was
first staged at the Coliseum in 1986.
With an Emperor of Japan as
inflated in size as in vanity, three mischievous schoolgirls and an
executioner desperately in need of work, the complications and happy
resolutions come thick and fast, with witty songs to match.
Nanki-Poo loves Yum-Yum but she’s betrothed to Ko-Ko, the new Lord High Executioner. When the Mikado issues a bizarre order, Nanki-Poo and Ko-Ko try to come to an arrangement that suits everyone.
Packed full of memorable melodies, the most celebrated moment of all is the Lord High Executioner Ko-Ko’s ‘little list’ song, which is always a topical highlight of Jonathan Miller’s dazzlingly inventive production. Audiences are always ready to hear new names of irritating public figures and practices added to the list of things that 'never would be missed'.
Returning to the role he has made his own, star G&S performer Richard Suart is the scheming Ko-Ko. He is joined by Andrew Shore as Pooh-Bah. As the oversized Mikado, we welcome distinguished bass Sir John Tomlinson. Yum-Yun is sung by Soraya Mafi and Nanki-Poo by Elgan Llŷr Thomas.
Three little maids from school, as performed in 2015. Photo: Tristram Kenton
The opening night of The Mikado (28 Oct) is also the Eno annual gala performance – this year in aid of theSir John Tomlinson Fellowship, which supports rising singers in the ENO Harewood Artists scheme. Tickets include a donation and a glass of bubbly on arrival.
Whether you splash out of the gala event or round up the family for another date, with its chic 1930s look this Mikado is a must.
The Mikado is sung in English with English surtitles. Performances are on 28 Oct (Gala); 2, 9, 16, 22 and 30 Nov, including three matinees and one 6PM start. Under-18s go free in the Balcony on some dates
|What||The Mikado, English National Opera|
|Where||English National Opera, London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Embankment (underground)|
28 Oct 19 – 30 Nov 19, Nine performances, including three matinees and one early evening start. Running time: 2hr 40min
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|