The Pirates of Penzance by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

Sasha Regan’s All – Male Show The Pirates of Penzance by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan at The Rose Theatre from 2nd to 12 June 2010.

Sasha Regan’s unique all male version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic operetta sold out at the Union Theatre in July 2009 and again during it’s six week run at Wilton’s. Regan’s Pirate’s is the Winner of The What’s On Stage’s Best Off-West End Production Award.

The Pirates of Penzance (1879) was an instant hit and is one of the most popular Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.

The story concerns Frederic, who, on reaching 21, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tenderhearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and they fall instantly in love. Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on February 29, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship states that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.

Anthony Cable is the Major General, Alan Richardson is Mabel, Alex Tomkins is the Pirate King, and Russell Whitehead plays Frederick.  Other cast includes Michael Burgen, Alex Weatherhill, Lee Greenaway, Joe Maddison, Peter Cumins, Christopher Wheeler and Gianni Onori, Raymond Tait, Joseph Davenport, Adam Lewis Ford, Craig Daniel Adams, Darragh O’ Leary, Sam Thackray.  There is an all-male cast of 17.

It is directed by Sasha Regan, with choreography by Lizzi Gee, musical director Chris Mundy, with design by Robyn Wilson, costumes by Frances Jones.  This is a Regan De Wynter Production.

Sasha Regan founded The Union Theatre in 1998. Her directing credits include ‘We’re All Doing Time’ (Critics Choice), a new musical ‘Chelinot’ by Mike Crynne,  (Sunday Times Critics Choice), and  ‘Cabaret’, ‘Sweeney Todd’
(Critics Choice). She was awarded The Stage One Bursary for New Producers by The Society of London Theatres. Lizzi Gee choreographed the Children’s BAFTAs. She has been resident choreographer for ‘Billy Elliot’.   At The Union Theatre Chris Mundy was Musical Director on ‘Sweeney Todd’.  In 2009 he was Assistant M.D on ‘Company’ and Musical Director for the original cast of The Pirates of Penance.

Winner of Best Off-West End Production ‘09 Theatergoers’ Choice Awards

****  “It is an object lesson in the art of successful G&S: don’t monkey around with the inherent silliness; instead take it seriously but not earnestly…Immensely charming.” Ian Shuttleworth – The Financial Times

*****”Vivaciously performed by the all-male castî
Mark Shenton – The Sunday Express

**** “The lovable spirit of D’Oyly Carte is everywhere…how on earth does a man sing such accurate coloratura, so high and with so little apparent effort… the evening is full of delights.”
Michael Church – The Independent

****  “As brilliant and heretical as Matthew Bourne’s vision of Swan Lake…It hits that perfect tone between silliness and sentimentality that this delightful operetta warrants. Pure joy.”
Michael Coveney – What’s On Stage

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