English National Opera has announced that the acclaimed productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operettas, The Pirates Of Penzance and The Mikado, will be re-broadcast in cinemas across the UK on 18 June (Pirates) and 2 July 2019 (Mikado).
Originally broadcast live from the world famous London Coliseum in 2015, cinema audiences will now have a rare opportunity to see these classic productions again in stunning multi-camera HD and amazing 5.1 surround sound.
Mike Leigh’s operatic directorial debut, The Pirates of Penzance, stars British baritone Andrew Shore as Major-General Stanley, British tenor Robert Murray as pirate apprentice Frederic, Australian-American bass Joshua Bloom as The Pirate King, Irish soprano Claudia Boyle as Mabel, British soprano Soraya Mafi as Edith, Welsh mezzo soprano Angharad Lyddon as Kate, Lydia Marchione as Isabel, New Zealand born Samoan bass baritone Jonathan Lemalu as the Sergeant of Police, British mezzo-soprano Rebecca de Pont Davies as Ruth, and British baritone Alexander Robin Baker as Samuel.
The ENO Orchestra in this screening is led by celebrated British conductor David Parry.
The Pirates of Penzance features set and costume designs by Alison Chitty, lighting by Paul Pyant, and choreography by Francesca Jaynes.
The Pirates of Penzance has a running time of 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Jonathan Miller’s hilarious production of The Mikado is a Marx Brother’s inspired song-and-dance take on the Gilbert and Sullivan classic. Miller takes the story out of the fictitious Japanese town of Titipu and sets it in the faintly seedy grandeur of a 1930s English hotel – the perfect place for lampooning targets much closer to home.
The ENO Orchestra is conducted by former ENO Charles Mackerras Fellow Fergus Macleod, and the all British cast is led by distinguished bass Robert Lloyd as The Mikado, alongside Baritone Richard Suart as Ko-Ko, Mary Bevan as Yum-Yum, Anthony Gregory as Nanki-Poo, Graeme Danby as Poo-Bah, George Humphreys as Pish-Tush, Yvonne Howard as Katisha and Rachael Lloyd as Pitti-Sing.
Miller’s unique vision of a 1930’s English, sea-side hotel was immaculately captured by the late, celebrated stage designer Stefanos Lazaridis, a frequent collaborator with ENO for more than 30 years. The creative team includes costume designer Sue Blane, choreographer Antony van Laast and lighting designer Davy Cunningham.
The Mikado has a running time of 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Stuart Murphy, CEO, English National Opera said
“We are delighted audiences will be able to revisit these classic ENO productions in cinemas nationwide, especially after the runaway success of our staging of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe last season in the London Coliseum. It was the third biggest box office success of all time at ENO. As the national opera house for everyone, it is central to ENO’s philosophy to bring opera to everyone, wherever they live and whatever their financial background. It is also exciting to have these productions available nationally in advance of Jonathan Miller’s brilliant Mikado coming back to the Coliseum stage in November 2019, with a brand new standout cast”
Further information about tickets for the cinema screenings can be found at www.eno.org/enoscreen