How fitting that English National Opera are currently playing Sir Jonathan Miller’s delightful production of THE MIKADO, now in its 32nd year and its (I believe) fifteenth revival for the company.
More eloquent writers than me will have summarised this fascinating man’s life by now, who has been in the public eye in a variety of roles since the 1960s.
You can find many tributes and career highlights elsewhere, but I just wanted to recall the last show of his that I saw. Northern Broadsides’ production of Githa Sowerby’s RUTHERFORD AND SON toured the UK in 2013. As directed by Jonathan Miller, it gave us his compelling and insightful view on Sowerby’s devastating 1912 classic which has stayed with me to this day.
His many talents spanned numerous areas of the arts and sciences. He will be remembered as an actor, director, presenter and author of a number of books on the subjects of psychoanalysis, humour, acting and medical matters.
How bitter that a man with such an agile and capable mind should succumb to the dismantling effects of Alzheimer’s. I am sure that THE MIKADO company will pay him a fitting, rousing tribute at their final season performance this Saturday, November 30th.