About the showENO's latest season brings us a shimmering revival of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, directed by Jonathan Miller. Comical and resoundingly apt, the opera runs at the London Coliseum from 28 October 2019.
The Mikado is the ninth operatic collaboration between Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert. The show made its premiere at the Savoy Theatre, London, in 1885. In Miller's topical production, the famous 'little list' song is tailor-made for a modern-day audience and is certain to be a highlight.
Nanki-Poo is destined to be wed to the unsavoury and scheming Ko-Ko, the new Lord High Executioner, but her heart belongs to the sweet Yum-Yum. When the Mikado demands a beheading, Nanki-Poo and Ko-Ko must come up with a plan together, or risk a grisly end. The piece takes a sly dig at figures of power and of the absurdity of law makers. Performed in English, the performance includes surtitles displaying all sung words above the stage.
Star Gilbert and Sullivan performer Richard Suart reprises his lauded role of Ko-Ko. Andrew Shore is Pooh-Bah and bass Sir John Tomlinson is the Mikado. Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum are played by two of ENO's Harewood Artists: Soraya Mafi and Elgan Llŷr Thomas.
Director Jonathan Miller’s previous works for the ENO include Le Nozze di Figaro and Rigoletto. Among his many accolades he counts a Special Tony Award, Knight Bachelor and CBE.
Chris Hopkins conducts, Elaine Tyler-Hall is the Revival Director, Anthony van Laast is Choreographer and Carol Grant is Revival Choreographer. Set design comes from Stefanos Lazaridis, costume design is by Sue Blane and lighting design is courtesy of Davy Cunningham.
A hilarious and inventive co-production with Houston Grand Opera and LA Opera, The Mikado is definitely one for your 'little list'. It makes itself at home at the London Coliseum from 28 October 2019.
Who Should See It?Richard Suart's acclaimed turn as Ko-Ko is not to be missed by opera fans.