The Pirates of Penzance
Our next production will be The Pirates of Penzance, at the Devonshire Park Theatre, 6th-9th May 2020.
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About The Pirates of Penzance
Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera in two acts is packed full of outwardly swashbuckling, but sentimental, pirates, blundering policemen, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes.
Frederic, a pirate apprentice, falls head-over-heels in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. Frederic is due to be released from his apprenticeship on his 21st birthday, but there’s a snag. Born on 29th February, Frederic discovers that he is technically still a youngster. Although very much in love, his dedication to duty is unshakeable. Can he find a way to live happily-ever-after with Mabel?
This opera is truly great entertainment. Each character in this satire on Victorian melodrama is drawn with true Gilbertian wit, and the situations in which they are placed is brimful of comedy.
Anthony Warlow as the Pirate King, Opera Australia production.
We are thrilled to present a vibrant cast of talented performers for our 2020 production. Those who have seen our past productions will recognise some familiar faces, alongside many others who are new to the society. Some of these performers are new to Gilbert & Sullivan as well as to the society, and we're excited to initiate them into this wonderful topsy-turvy world!
Major General Stanley
The Pirate King
The Sergeant of Police
Trevor Allen - Director
With over 40 years of performing and directing operetta under his belt, Trevor is our resident G&S buff. He last directed the society for its 2017 production of The Mikado, and has also performed on stage in several shows with us, most recently as The Grand Inquisitor in The Gondoliers.
Pat White - Musical Director
Pat has been involved in Musical Theatre all her life, and is a familiar face on the Sussex Performing Arts scene. She has many years experience of musical and stage direction with local societies.
Rowan Stanfield - Assistant Director
Rowan is more usually to be seen on stage, having played several leading ladies for Eastbourne G&S in recent years. She's excited to be making her directorial debut for the society.
Russell Ablewhite - Assistant MD / Accompanist
Russell has sung professionally for decades, most recently at the Royal Opera House. His vocal expertise is much appreciated by the company!
Lucy Sarsfield - Choreographer
Lucy has been a performing member of the society for many years, and like Rowan, is taking a break from the limelight to join the production team for this show.