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The Mikado, 1986, Programme Cover

1986 saw the premier of one of ENO's best loved productions with Jonathan Miller's dazzlingly inventive staging of The Mikado, considered by many to be the definitive production of this much-loved Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera. Set in an ever-so English 1930s seaside hotel, Miller's Marx Brothers-inspired song-and-dance Mikado has long been a popular hit with audiences of all ages. The combination of Gilbert's virtuosic wit, Sullivan's memorable melodies and Miller's witty antics is irresistible. Since its debut it has returned on 15 occasions to the Coliseum but this print is taken from the very first run in 1986.