One of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic operas received a radical makeover in 2009 thanks to Sasha Regan, who directed a phenomenally successful, award-winning adaptation starring an all-male cast. It arrives at Cambridge Arts Theatre, on 9 June (until 13 June).
Having turned 21, Frederic prepares to leave the band of pleasant pirates to whom he has been apprenticed and wed the delightful Mabel. However, it transpires that Frederic was born on a leap year, so will technically not celebrate his 21st birthday for another 63 years. Stoically, Mabel decides she will wait for him. The Pirates of Penzance features a rollicking soundtrack, including the much-parodied Major-General’s Song, and the satire of Gilbert’s script gets a real chance to shine.
Watch the trailer here:
Hailed ‘as brilliant and heretical as Matthew Bourne’s vision of Swan Lake’ by What’s On Stage, it starts at 7.45pm (2.30pm Thur & Sat matinee); tickets from £15.