Weigh the anchor and hoist the mizzen! It’s time to set sail to the coasts of Cornwall, where we find young Frederic at the end of his apprenticeship with the kindhearted orphans that make up the Pirates of Penzance. A man of duty, Frederic announces to his former brethren that he cannot allow the pirates to continue their trade. The ‘maid of all work’, Ruth, reveals that she used to be his nanny and misheard his father’s instruction to make Frederic an apprentice to a pilot! Upon leaving the pirates’ lair, Ruth and Frederic find themselves upon the many beautiful daughters of Major-General Stanley and having never seen any other woman besides Ruth quickly realises that she is not so beautiful herself! Begging the daughters to help him reform from his life as a pirate, Mabel hears his plea and the two soon fall in love. With twists and turns along the way, will Frederic and Mabel find a way to be together and will he exterminate his former pirate crew as he said he would?
This highly popular 1879 comical opera came after the success of ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ and was followed by ‘Patience’. ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ has enjoyed international and long lasting success and also saw the introduction of the influential patter song ‘I am the very model of modern Major-General’ which still finds its way into modern media such as the ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘Fraiser’ and ‘The Simpsons’.
Our society has performed ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ six times since our formation in 1972. To see the full page for the year you’re interested in, click on the relevant image below. To view the image galleries, head over to our Main Show page.
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