The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert.

It is one of the Savoy Operas. The official premiere was at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York on December 31, 1879, where it was a hit with audiences and critics. The London premiere was on April 3, 1880, at the Opera Cornique, where it ran for 363 performances, having already been playing successfully for over three months in New York.

Cast & Creative

Cast List

Character Actor
Frederic Mark Fallon
Mabel Clair Jardella
Ruth Amanda Stenhouse
Lieutenant Samuel Edz Barrett
Major-General Stanley Steve Alais

Creative Team

Role Name
Director Clare Henderson-Roe
Co-Director Stephanie Smith
Set Designer Wesley Henderson Roe

Reviews & Awards

Jenny Scott Richmond & Twickenham Times

March 2000

There was no attempt to update Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance in Clare Henderson Roe and Stephanie Smith’s enjoyable production for BROS Theatre Company at the Hampton Hill Playhouse last week, except perhaps for Ruth’s ad lib about her cold, slipped in at a strategic point. (Does this reviewer know this show? – Ed). Hard to believe this opera was first produced 120 years ago since it still comes over fresh as paint, although its parodies have become mostly obscure to modern audiences[]

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More info

Show Date: March 2000

Venue: Hampton Hill Theatre

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