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As Presented on Broadway by New York Shakespeare Festival,
An amateur production presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe


DirectorRita Prowting
Musical DirectorVic Sandoe
Chorus MasterMartin Tuck
ChoreographerGloria Miles
Assistant ChoreographerVanessa Feuillade



Pirate KingFrank Allen
SamuelTim Price
FredericGary Pond
Major-general StanelyJustin Hereford
Sergeant of PoliceCyril Wiltshire
Mabeltracey Gonzato
EdithTheresa Lunn
KateLiz Robinson
IsabelMelanie Such
RuthJean Kelly


Sharon Francis
Rebecca Gorman
Lynne Scott
Sally Upton
Sally Watson
Beverley Webb


Liza Allan
Anne Bell
Frank Bell
Margaret Bogar
June Bojie
Elizabeth Brassington
Nora Castle-Bray
Penny Courtney
Charles Dellow
Colin Flaherty
Mark Goodspeed
Reg Heath
Anne Hurst
Jim Kelly
Charles Kerr
Greorge Lovett
Ron Markham
Peter May-Miller
John Meredith
Jeanette Murphy
Ben Price
Ian Rapley
Clive Richards
Owen Rumble
Liz Sampson
Sally Snook
Colin Terry
Hiliary Trodd
Graham Utteridge
Roger Wood
Chris Young


Assistant to the directorStephanie Webb
Assistant Musical DirectorAnne bell
Production ManagerCaroline Price
Stage ManagerFrank Bell / Paul Young
Stage CrewPeter Brenchley, Doug Hunter, Vivien Little, Richard Moore, Kevin Phillips, Craig Prall, Clive Slatter, Eddie Spencer, Bernard Stone, Sam Watson, Nick Williams
Lighting DesignPeter Vincent
LightingIan Cant, Tom Garside, Andy Jones, Phil Royston
Follow Spot OperatorsMaurice Schiller, Graham Weller
Sound DesignMark Robinson
Set HireScenic and Property Hire
PropertiesKeith Galliford, terry Keeble, Catriona Lang, Graham Weller
WardrobeShelagh Goddard
CostumesCostume Workshop
DressersDenise Anderson, Carmen Wu
Make-UpJune Bojie, Kate Youll
ContinuitySally Airey
PublicityRebecca Jackson
Programme and Poster DesignTim Price
Programme and Poster printingFM Print
Rehearsal PianistRon Pickering

Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. A fresh take on one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic operas, this updated version of The Pirates Of Penzance took New York by storm when it premiered in Central Park in 1980, leading to a subsequent smash-hit Broadway run.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates’ way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel. Frederic’s melodious tones win over the heart of Major General Stanley’s songbird daughter, Mabel, but when the Pirate King discovers General Stanley has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an “ingenious paradox” may prevent the budding romance and lead to the death of “The very model of a modern Major-General.”

The beauty, wit and whimsy of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic score is suffused with a modern sensibility, making this version an excellent choice for opera and light opera companies looking to expand their audience base. The sheer number of memorable roles makes it perfect for community and school groups. And with production requirements consisting of only two sets and a medium-sized orchestra, The Pirates Of Penzance should be considered by any company featuring comic actors with excellent singing voices.

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