Events Diary

Did You Know?

  • Our 61st show and our 7th "Pirates of Penzance".

    This was our Diamond Jubilee production. Pirates has become something of an anniversary event for us, having also performed this operetta for both our 40th year and our Golden Jubilee in 1999.

    Society's 60th year logo
    "Diamond Jubilee"

  • 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.

  • Take a look at our previous productions of "Pirates of Penzance".

    2019 2009 1999 1989 1979 1973 1962 1951

Pirates of Penzance (2009)

Producer/Director : Graham Weston
Musical Director : Colin Akers


Major-General Stanley : Robert Thurman
The Pirate King :
(Pirate Chief)
David Hall
Samuel :
(His Lieutenant)
Jeremy Shoesmith
Frederic :
(A Pirate Apprentice)
Anthony Farrimond
Sergeant of Police :
(Edward to his friends)
Malcolm Parkinson
Mabel :
(General Stanley's 'youngest' daughter)
Helen Fox
General Stanley's daughters
Edith :Lisa O'Shea
Kate :Ali Lewis
Isabel :Catherine Roberts
Ruth :
(A Piratical Maid-of-all-work)
Pamela Thorne
Major General Stanley's other daughters:

Fiona Baker, Jennifer Day, Lyndsey Hall, Margaret Hanson, Rita Jno-Baptiste, Irene Kennedy, Penny McGoverin, Deirdre O'Shea, Sally Roberts, Stephanie Roe, Debbie Stringer, Kathryn Thurman

Chorus of Pirates and Policemen:

David Kennedy, Andrew Stopford, Peter Sugden, Kelvyn Waites, Steve Roe, Alan Evans, Tony Johnson, Ian Townend, AJ Jno-Baptiste, Fintan O'Shea

"Ruddigore" in pictures