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Book The Mikado Tickets at the London Coliseum, London

Wit, charm and catchy tunes in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera

About The Mikado

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.

The Mikado is still the most frequently performed Savoy Opera, which was a type of comic opera that was born in Victorian England in the late 19th century. The opera opened on 14t March 1885 in London and had then record-breaking 672 perforamnces, making it the second longest run for any work of musical theatre! In the same year it opened in London, 150 theatre and opera companies are estimated to have produced it by the end of the year. Thanks to its vivid characters and exotic nature, tt remains especially popular with amateur and school productions.

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.

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.

Please note: Sunday 29 November will be filmed as part of ENO Screen.   Thursday 3rd December will be broadcast live as part of ENO Screen.

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The Mikado Customer Reviews

4.5 / 5 (16)
18 February

Thoroughly enjoyed the show and the 1930's backdrop!

11 February

A very very good experience. The actors & actresses were brilliant and executed the story magically! Pity the theatre ran out of programmes for the matinee. However the staff were pleasant and genuinely upset fronting the management. Don' t quite understand the logic of the management would have thought they would have known how many seats were filled and estimated a programme for every two seats. Or alternatively get a better printing contract. Surely there is enough competition in the printing industry these days to get someone to do a short run . After all the setting up is by computer not set by hand as previously, so it is only a time and manpower cost even if it is a short run?????

9 February

Brilliant production. Wonderful music, classic G&S comedy and up-to-date references- What's not to like ? As is usually the case, it doesn't pay to buy London theatre tickets until the last minute if you are prepared to take the risk on availability! Who wants to sit next to someone who paid half the price you did? I just hope ENO can resolve their funding crisis without excluding those like me who live hours from London, so pay high travel and accommodation costs before buying expensive tickets. What about more all-inclusive deals or a limited number of cut-price tickets ? Are such deals already available, and if so how do I access them? Wonderful ENO is too important to lose!

7 February

It was first time to Opera and it was really fantastic. Seats we had were just a little too far back so we couldn't see screen. Overall very good will go again.

7 February

Brilliant!!!!!! Everything about this production was A1. It's my 3rd time!

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