The Pirates Of Penzance

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Upcoming Shows

The Pirates Of Penzance 🗓 🗺
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Scheduled Upcoming Shows
Rhodes Arts Complex, South Road, Bishop's Stortford Map

BSMTC bring this romp of a comedy operetta to the Rhodes Arts Complex in the Autumn. The show will take place from 16th – 21st November 2015 with 7 performances across the week. Ticket details will be posted soon.


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. The opera’s official premiere was at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City on 31 December 1879, where the show was well received by both audiences and critics. Its London debut was on 3 April 1880, at the Opera Comique, where it ran for 363 performances, having already been playing successfully for over three months in New York.

The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on 29 February, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic’s only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.