Gilbert and Sullivan’s best loved operetta, The Pirates of Penzance, comes to Manchester Opera House next week.
From Tuesday to Saturday, the renowned D’Oyly Carte Opera Company return to the stage after a 10 year absence with an historic collaboration with Scottish Opera, bringing this comic classic to the theatre from Tuesday to Saturday.
Featuring the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and a 39-strong cast and chorus, the resulting show should be a romp through one of the famous duo’s finest scores. A cleverly observed satire of Victorian morals and the ruling classes, this production brings the humour bang up to date with a bit of a Pythonesque twinkle added.
Having turned 21, Frederic should be contractually released from his apprenticeship to a band of pirates, but discovers his birthday is February 29. Taking duty a little too literally, he decides it will be another 63 years before he’s really 21 and only Mabel’s promise sustains him.
Pirates features some of Gilbert’s wittiest lyrics, not least the famous patter song The Very Model of a Modern Major- General while Sullivan mixes his signature melodies with parodies of other opera composers, notably Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
Sharing the role of Frederic will be rising stars Samuel Furness and Nicholas Sharratt while Rebecca Bottone will play Mabel.
Tickets are available from the box office on 0844 871 3018 or online at www.atgtickets.com/manchester.