The Mikado at the London Coliseum
London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado at the London Coliseum
Almost 30 years on from its premiere, Jonathan Miller’s dazzlingly inventive staging returns to the London Coliseum for what has become for many the definitive production of this much-loved Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera.
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.
The Mikado plays a limited season from 21 November 2015 until 6 February 2016 at the London Coliseum
Set in an ever-so English 1930s seaside hotel, 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.
The cast includes Richard Suart (Ko-Ko), Anthony Gregory (Nanki-Poo), Mary Bevan (Yum-Yum), Graeme Danby (Pooh-Bah), Yvonne Howard (Katisha), Robert Lloyd, (The Mikado of Japan), George Humphreys (Pish-Tush), Fiona Canfield (Peep-Bo) and Rachael Lloyd (Pitti-Sing).
Directed by Jonathan Miller with Elaine Tyler-Hall as revival director, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado is conducted by Fergus Macleod with set design by Stefanos Lazaridis, costume design by Sue Blane, lighting design by Davy Cunningham and choreography by Anthony van Laast.
★★★★ ‘Feels as fresh as paint… this fine cast make the evening hum’ The Guardian
★★★★ ‘Irresistible… a brilliant comic performance.’ The Stage