The Mikado remains the most frequently performed Savoy Opera. The work has been translated into numerous languages and is one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history.
It opened on 14 March 1885, in London, where it ran at the Savoy Theatre for 672 performances, which was the second longest run for any work of musical theatre and one of the longest runs of any theatre piece up to that time.
From 1885 until the Company's closure in 1982, there was no year in which a D'Oyly Carte company (or several of them) was not presenting it.
English National Opera's production in 1986, starred Eric Idle as Ko-Ko and Lesley Garrett as Yum-Yum, and was directed by Jonathan Miller. Their production, was set not in ancient Japan, but in a swanky 1920s seaside hotel with sets and costumes in white and black.
Producer/Director : Graham Weston
Musical Director : Ian Abbott
|The Mikado of Japan:||John Foster|
(his son,disguised as a minstrel)
(Lord High Executioner of Titipu)
(Lord High Everything Else)
(a Noble Lord)
|- Three Sisters, Wards of Ko-Ko -|
(an Elderly Lady)