Plays Directory : The Pirates of Penzance

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Gilbert and Sullivan
  • Written
    1879
  • Setting
    England
  • Overview
    Gilbert and Sullivan production of soft hearted pirates who won’t plunder anyone poor or orphaned, like themselves. Set on a rocky seashore off Cornwall, Frederick has just completed his 21 year apprentice as a pirate and is receiving the congratulations of the Pirate King. Frederick reveals he was not destined to be a pirate but is one due to the error of his nursemaid Ruth, and is to leave piracy, a life he detests, to dedicate himself to the abolishment of pirates. Not knowing why their life of piracy doesn’t pay, they ask Frederick to enlighten them. He informs them that word has spread, anyone captured by the Pirates of Penzance will say they are orphans and are immediately released.

    Having left the pirates and forced to take Ruth with him, Frederick stumbles across a party of ladies. On being accepted by Mabel, a daughter of Major General Stanley, he dumps Ruth. Frederick says he will change his ways if he and Mabel marry. At this, all the pirates enter accost a girl as his bride when the Major General enters. On learning they are the infamous Pirates of Penzance, he informs them that he is an orphan. The pirates release the girls.

    Fighting with his conscience, the Major General confides in Frederick that he’s not an orphan, but together plan to override the pirates anyway. Frederick is visited by Ruth and the Pirate King who inform him that having been born on February 29, he has in fact only served five of his 21 years of apprenticeship. Being duty bound and at the protests of Mabel, Frederick returns to the ship to complete his apprenticeship. A pirate once more, he is obliged to tell them of the impending attack that he has planned.

    With both sides aware of the other’s plans, a fight ensues in which the pirates surprisingly win. However, when the immobile Major General demands they release his men in the name of the Queen, the pirates obey and kneel in her honour. It is then revealed that the pirates are not orphans at all but ‘noble men gone wrong’. As a result, the Major General is happy to marry off his daughters to such gentlemen.

    And they all live happily every after.

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7 known characters

15 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Toby Burbidge
Toby Burbidge
Stage Manager
2019, Stage Manager/Op
Wilton's Music Hall
Megan Elizabeth Strachan
2019, Isabel
Touring venues
Natalie Rowe
Natalie Rowe
Actor
2019, Mabel/Isabel
Jennifer Brown
2019, Choreographer
Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York
LInda Griffiths
LInda Griffiths
Director
2019, Director
Hammond
Eric Voss
Eric Voss
Actor
2019, Sergeant
Jenni Jackson
Jenni Jackson
Lighting Technician
2019, Re-Lighter/programmer/operater
Sydney Gingles
Sydney Gingles
Scenic Artist
2019, Charge Artist
Thomas Holland
Thomas Holland
Assistant Director
2019, Assistant Director
UK Tour
Rachel Lea-Gray
2018, Kate/ Sergeant of the Police
UK Tour
Andrew Green
Andrew Green
Actor
2018, Major General Stanley
New Theatre Royal Portsmouth
James Gribble
2018, Sergeant of Police
Samuel Wright
2018, Pirate King
Amy Dall
Amy Dall
Makeup Artist
2018, Head of Makeup
Rheanon Hanks
2018, Pirate
Mary Seeck
Mary Seeck
Costume Designer
2018, Costume Designer & Wardrobe Manager
Elizabeth Chadwick
2018, Edith/various
Tour
Julia Timko
Julia Timko
Actor
2018, Daughter
Jenny Graham
Jenny Graham
Production Photographer
2018, Photographer
Pasadena Playhouse
Julie Clerc
Julie Clerc
Actor
2018, Kate
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Alternative Names

All Male Pirates of Penzance, Pirates of Penzance, Pirates Of Penzance (all male), The Pirates Of Penzance (Broadway Version)