After a hugely successful premiere in 2015, Mike Leigh’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance is revived at London’s Coliseum in 2017! One of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operas, this production marks filmmaker Mike Leigh’s operatic directorial debut, and brings all the joy of his 1999 hit film Topsy-Turvy (based on the conflict between Gilbert and Sullivan during the creation of their other famous work, The Mikado) to the operatic stage. With the ENO orchestra conducted by Gareth Jones, this is how opera should be done! With the memorable melodies and razor-sharp wit of the brilliant lyrics, The Pirates of Penzance is the perfect offering for a night at the opera.
Andrew Shore returns as Major-General Stanley, with Ashley Riches, David Webb, Johnny Herford, John Tomlinson, Mark Richardson, Soraya Mafi, Katie Coventry, Angharad Lyddon and Lucy Schaufer.
At the age of 8, young Frederic was apprenticed to be a pirate rather than a pilot (an easy mistake to make…). Now at the age of twenty-one, handsome Frederic is ready to rebel against the group of pirates he has grown quite fond of, and wishes to eradicate the bandits in order to "lead a blameless life henceforth”. On his escape, a chance meeting with the eccentric Major-General and his beautiful daughters leads Frederic into trouble with the pirates again. A farcical plot to escape the pirates involving a lie about the Major-General’s past succeeds, and Frederic rallies together a band of lily-livered police officers to aid in capturing and imprisoning the Pirate King and his cohorts. But a secret from Frederic’s past is uncovered that has the potential to change his fate forever!
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(3mins) Take Cranbourn Street until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.