Even by Gilbertian standards the plot of "Pirates of Penzance" is absurd and was probably inspired by an incident in his childhood when, in the care of his nurse, he was kidnapped and only released on payment of £25. Similar themes appear in "HMS Pinafore" and "Gondoliers". Gilbert was never shy in repeating a successful formula.
Our 41st show and the 5th time for "Pirates of Penzance". This was also our 40th anniversary having been founded in 1949. In the original company were two people who were still active Society members in 1989; John Whitehead, who was in the chorus, and Irene Richardson who was Pitti-Sing (the first production was "The Mikado"). However, far from being a little maid from school, all unwary, Irene was actually pregnant at the time. Both later became presidents of the society. In fact, Irene was the first lady to hold the position.
Producer/Director : Lorrayne Harrod
Musical Director : Raymond Wood
|Major-General Stanley :||Robert Thurman|
|The Pirate King:|
(A Pirate Apprentice)
|Sergeant of Police:||Barrie Close|
(General Stanley's 'youngest' daughter)
|More of General Stanley's daughters|
(A Piratical Maid-of-all-work)