The Pirates of Penzance

16 May - 10 June 2012

Music by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W.S Gilbert


‘It’s SMASHING… two hours of rollicking fun’

‘A fun evening out’
– A Younger Theatre

‘I shall definitely be revisiting the Tabard Theatre before the run finishes to drink in more of the joy that this happy production provides and there can be no greater recommendation than that!’
– Bargain Theatre

From the producers of last year’s critically acclaimed and extended run of Ruddigore, comes the most popularly celebrated of all the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, The Pirates of Penzance.

Orphaned pirates, flat-footed policemen, a bevy of blushing maidens and the pretty daughter of Major General Stanley – all the ingredients for a fabulous recipe of G & S at their very best. Sullivan’s ever popular and memorable score contains some of his most beautiful writing as Gilbert, in his most topsy turvy of all plots, leads us through the swashbuckling world of young Frederic, the Pirate apprentice, who was born on February 29th in a leap year and therefore won’t be 21 and come of age until he is 84!

The Pirates of Penzance is produced in-house at the Tabard Theatre whose previous musical credits in addition to Ruddigore include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Just So. Last year’s Ruddigore was a critical and box office smash, named Time Out Critics Choice and one their Top Five Shows of the Week. It was subsequently extended due to popular demand.

With some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best tunes such as ‘Poor Wandering One,’ ‘A Policeman’s Lot,’ and ‘I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major General,’ the Tabard Theatre’s production of The Pirates of Penzance imaginatively combines the wit and charm of the original with a contemporary vigour that will delight both G & S fans and new audiences alike.

The press on last year’s production of Ruddigore

‘This magnetically charming cast breathes new life into a dusty operetta. The Pulling Focus company realise the full potential of its topsy-turvy humour, and are quite simply a joy to watch.’
– Time Out Critics’ Choice

‘This production reminds audiences that G&S is still riotous entertainment. A full cast of men and women inventively doubling as the chorus, and each member of the company plays an instrument to supplement the pit.’
– The Stage