Music by Arthur Sullivan. Lyrics and Libretto by W.S. Gilbert




Frederic is celebrating his coming of age and release from his Pirate’s Apprenticeship with the pirates of Penzance, all of whom are orphans, and unable to harm anyone of similar background.   He was unfortunately apprenticed to the pirates as a small child when his nursemaid Ruth, mistakenly heard his father’s instructions to apprentice him to a pilot.  Since that day, she has been with Frederic, and now harbour a desire to marry him but, Frederic has met and fallen in love with Mabel and her sisters have been claimed by the pirates as their future brides.  The sisters’ father, the Major-General, is appalled at this possibility, and tells them he is an orphan, knowing that this will result in his childrens’ immediate release.


Now, as an ex-pirate, Frederic feels that his duty is to society and he immediately arranges for a police force to capture the pirates. When Frederic discovers from Ruth and the Pirate King that as his birthday is on the 29 February which only occurs once every four years, he has only had 5 birthdays, and his Apprenticeship states that he is bound to the pirates until his 21st birthday.  Realising that he has not reached 21, he feels that his loyalty is to the pirates and tells them that the General is not really an orphan. The Pirate King is furious to learn he has been tricked and starts plotting to capture the General, his daughters and the policemen, but is stopped in his tracks when the Sergeant demands they surrender in the name of Queen Victoria.


Eventually Ruth explains that they are noblemen who have gone astray and not pirates, and the General orders their release and restores them to their rightful station and offers them his daughters in marriage.


Director: Stephen Salter

Assistant to Director: Stephen Paisley

Music Director: Timothy J Davies






Major General Stanley Denzil Edwards
The Pirate King Ian Gowland
Samuel (Hils Lieutenant) Michael Howard
Frederic (Pirate Apprentice) Terry Donohoe
Sergeant of Police Paul Sadler
Mabel Jane Williams
Edith Gemma Britton
Isabel Gayle Croker
Ruth Yvette Cummings
Rachel Aubrey Peter Bagwell
Gill Birchall Darren Betts
Cecile Bridgens Wayne Bryon
Jane Catton Neil Catton
Anne Crockford Chris Flint
Cindy Elson Ron Goldby
Margaret Etches Geoff Greensmith
Clare Gough John Huckle
Clare Hargadon Liam McIlvenny
Maryleine MacClelland Hamish Norbrook
Mary Newton Clive Peerless
Dominique Norbrook Greg Shaw
Dianne Norton Scott Bridgens
Jocelyne Roullin  
Penny Stone  
Marion Stewart  
Linda Sutch  

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