About The Mikado

Fake, fatuous and full of hot air.
Titipu’s finest are farcically familiar.

Gilbert & Sullivan’s topsy-turvy story focuses on the unfolding love between Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum and the absurdity of laws and law-makers.

Nanki-Poo loves Yum-Yum but she’s betrothed to Ko-Ko, the new Lord High Executioner. When the Mikado orders a beheading, Nanki-Poo and Ko-Ko try to come to an arrangement that doesn’t involve anyone losing their head!

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.

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.

The romantic leads are played by two ENO Harewood Artists, Soraya Mafi and Elgan Llŷr Thomas.

Co-production with Houston Grand Opera and LA Opera

'If you have never seen it, go. If it’s a decade or two since you last went, then go again.'
★★★★
The Guardian

'Riotous production hits the funny bone.'
★★★★
WhatsOnStage

Performance dates & times

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London Coliseum

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Where is the theatre?

St Martin's Lane London WC2N 4ES
  • Nearest Bus stop: 24, 29, 176 / 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
  • Parking: Q-Park: Chinatown (5mins) / Other: St Martin's Lane Hotel (1min)
  • Nearest Night Bus: 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279 / 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
  • Nearest Tube: Piccadilly, Northern
  • Directions:

    (3mins) Take Cranbourn Street until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.

  • Nearest Station: Charing Cross

Available facilities

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible

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