Gilbert and Sullivan as it’s meant to be – pure, uncomplicated fun, performed to the highest standards. This new co-production with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company – returning to the stage for the first time in over 10 years – brings the humour bang up to date with a Python-esque twinkle. A vibrant, stylish and hilarious romp through one of G&S’s finest scores, this show has everything you could want from a great night out.
A young man bound by an overactive sense of duty, a soft-hearted pirate king with a hopeless band of rogues at his side, a beautiful young girl, a very modern major-general and an ineffectual bevy of policemen…add a plot hinging on the technicalities of having a birthday on the 29th of February and we’re just about there. What could possibly go wrong?
Gilbert’s high speed patter is razor sharp and Sullivan’s score sees him at the top of his game, with the catchy tunes for which he is so well known. Conducted by G&S expert John Owen Edwards and directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans, the fantastic ensemble cast includes a horde of fresh, young talent as well as G&S stars Steven Page as The Pirate King and Richard Suart as the Major-General.
Listen to extracts from The Pirates of Penzance:
The Pirate King - Oh, better far to live and die
Poor wand’ring one
I am the very model of a modern Major-General
Oh! Men of dark and dismal fate
When the foeman bares his steel
Stay, Frederic, stay!
When a felon’s not engaged in his employment
With cat-like tread
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Welsh National Opera, Sir Charles Mackerras
John Mark Ainsley, Rebecca Evans, Richard Van Allan, Donald Adams, Richard Suart
Tue 18 Jun 7.30pm•Wed 19 Jun 2.30pm•Wed 19 Jun 7.30pm
Thu 20 Jun 2.30pm•Thu 20 Jun 7.30pm•Fri 21 Jun 7.30pm
Sat 22 Jun 2.30pm•Sat 22 Jun 7.30pm
Tue 25 Jun 7.30pm•Wed 26 Jun 2.00pm•Wed 26 Jun 7.30pm
Thu 27 Jun 2.00pm•Thu 27 Jun 7.30pm•Fri 28 Jun 7.30pm
Sat 29 Jun 2.30pm•Sat 29 Jun 7.30pm
Tue 2 Jul 7.30pm•Wed 3 Jul 2.30pm•Wed 3 Jul 7.30pm
Thu 4 Jul 2.30pm•Thu 4 Jul 7.30pm•Fri 5 Jul 7.30pm
Sat 6 Jul 2.30pm•Sat 6 Jul 7.30pm
Tue 16 Jul 7.30pm•Wed 17 Jul 2.30pm•Wed 17 Jul 7.30pm
Thu 18 Jul 2.30pm•Thu 18 Jul 7.30pm•Fri 19 Jul 7.30pm
Sat 20 Jul 2.30pm•Sat 20 Jul 7.30pm