The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates30 years ago this swashbuckling Broadway version of The Pirates of Penzance rocked Hamer Hall. Now Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular musical comedy, with all the laughs, songs and romance that made it a long running Broadway smash is back!

Frederic is about to reach his 21st birthday. He wants to leave pirating behind, especially after he falls in love with the deliciously innocent Mabel.

All does not go well with his plans especially when the Pirate King informs him that, since he was born on the last day of February in a Leap Year, his 21st birthday won’t roll around for some time yet.

Therefore, he must remain a pirate. Adding to Frederic’s horror, the Pirate King decides that his next target is Mabel’s dear father, Major General Stanley!

The creative team of Dean Bryant and Andrew Hallsworth stage this colorful extravaganza. Mathew Frank conducts a score that includes many of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular numbers: Poor Wandering One!, When the Foreman Bares his Steel, With Cat-Like Tread and Away, Away! My Heart’s On Fire.

Starring Adam Murphy as the Pirate King, Claire Lyon and Gareth Keegan as the young lovers Mabel and Frederic, and Genevieve Lemon as Ruth. Wayne Scott Kermond is Major General Stanley and Brent Hill is the Sergeant of Police.

The Pirates of Penzance
Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne
Season: 30 October – 3 November 2013
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Image: courtesy of The Production Company