Next Production

The Pirates of Penzance
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Having been postponed from its original date in May 2020, rehearsals for our next production are now underway, with a new show date booked at the Devonshire Park Theatre for 10th-13th November 2021.

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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. 



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Some photos from our rehearsals. Follow us on Instagram for more behind the scenes snaps - @EastbourneGandS

Our Production

We are thrilled to present a vibrant cast of talented performers for our 2021 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!

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Pirate Band

Richard Woodall

The Pirate King

Lizzie Lawton



Alison King


Oliver Price



Margaret Amey 

Phillippa Acton

Peter Tucknott 

Michael Bale

Nigel Lawton

The Stanley Household

Jenny McAlmont



Paul Eccles

Major General Stanley​


Lucy Sarsfield


Melody Westcott


Claire Mullan



Sharona Turnbull



Pam Cross


Eve Chatfield



Margot Miller

Caroline Light 

Helen Morbey

Gregory Gower

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Mick Root

Colin Day

Patrick Birdsall

David Joyce

Lester Seale

Michael Greatorex

Moira Raines

Brenda Gower

John Kimberley

Tim Gordon

The Sergeant of Police

Creative Team
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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. 

Brett Wellcome - Musical Director

We are delighted to welcome Brett to the fold for what is his debut show with Eastbourne G&S, but by no means his first foray into Gilbert & Sullivan. Brett is a professional musician and teacher and performs with rock, pop, soul and funk bands as well as being MD for many different theatre groups over the years.


Rowan Stanfield - Producer / Assistant Director / Choreographer

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.

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Russell Ablewhite - Assistant MD / Vocal coach

Russell has sung professionally for decades, most recently at the Royal Opera House. His vocal expertise is much appreciated by the company!

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Lucy Sarsfield - Choreographer

As well as appearing as Edith, Lucy has co-choreographed the show with Rowan. She has been a performing member of the society for many years.