After the sensational success of H.M.S. Pinafore, many American performing companies presented unauthorized versions of that opera. Gilbert, Sullivan and Richard D`Oyly Carte decided to prevent that from happening again by presenting official versions of their next opera, The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty simultaneously in England and America. The opera premiered on December 31, 1879 at the Fifth Avenue Theater in New York with Sullivan conducting, but a single performance had been given on the previous day at the Royal Bijou Theatre, Paignton, England, to secure the British copyright.
Modernized versions of "Pirates" include Joseph Papp's 1981 Broadway production, which ran for 787 performances, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical.
Producer/Director : Graham Weston
Musical Director : Colin Akers
|Major-General Stanley :||Robert Thurman|
|The Pirate King :|
(A Pirate Apprentice)
|Sergeant of Police : |
(Edward to his friends)
(General Stanley's 'youngest' daughter)
|General Stanley's daughters|
|Edith :||Lisa O'Shea|
|Kate :||Ali Lewis|
|Isabel :||Catherine Roberts|
(A Piratical Maid-of-all-work)