Sullivan: The Mikado ***
ENO, 21st November 2015
“I am an acquired taste – only the educated palate can appreciate me,” Katisha explains to Ko-Ko towards the end of The Mikado, just after the Lord High Executioner has declared his love (to get himself out of a pickle). Gilbert and Sullivan operettas must be an acquired taste too. Plenty at The Coliseum did appreciate this 14th revival of Jonathan Miller’s celebrated 1986 staging. They chortled and guffawed in all the right places – sometimes even a fraction of a second before – but as a work, it did little to tickle this particular palate.
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