Northampton Gilbert & Sullivan Group’s Perfectly Poised Piratical Performance

Northampton Gilbert & Sullivan Group are returning to the Royal Auditorium this March with the classic “The Pirates of Penzance”

This perennial favourite brings together sentimental Pirates, bumbling Policemen and a plethora of Daughters in a story of love, duty, ineptitude, the very model of a modern Major General and, of course, birthday cake.
The Pirates of Penzance, in all its silliness, is directed by Leon Berger. It tells the tale of Frederic, who has been apprenticed to a band of “gentlemanly” pirates until his 21st birthday by his Nursemaid, who, being very hard of hearing, was supposed to have apprenticed him to a ship’s pilot, not a pirate.

Upon his release from the pirates he meets, and falls in love with Mabel, Major-General Stanley’s daughter and with General Stanley’s blessing, Frederic leads a band of inept policemen ‘forward on the foe’, in the hunt for his former shipmates.

Will the pirates be stopped, will the policemen triumph, will General Stanley ever get to sleep and will it all end happily ever after?

Simon Crask, Chairman, said: “Pirates is, without doubt, the most popular of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, and we are thrilled Leon Berger has returned as Director to bring his unique vision to this production. Thanks to Leon, this version of Pirates draws together original music and libretto performed at the 1879 premiers in Paignton and New York, expertly incorporated into the production we all know and love. If rehearsals are anything to go by this production promises to be a hugely entertaining evening for all the family.

The Pirates of Penzance runs from 19 – 24 March 2018 at the Royal & Derngate.
Tickets can be purchased online or through the Royal & Derngate box office,, or 01604 624811. Prices vary by evening, please check the website for details.

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Becki is a theatre lover originally from Birmingham. She founded On Stage Northants in 2017, and is passionate about promoting Northampton performing arts. She also works for Royal & Derngate as Marketing and Press Assistant. Can usually be found behind the scenes, and occasionally in front of them too. Becki also blogs at StageyRebel