Extended tour dates for The Pirates of Penzance

Date Posted: 20/01/2013

Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta, The Pirates of Penzance has extended its tour dates, adding venues in England and Wales onto its initial Scottish tour.

The regional tour will be co-produced by D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and Scottish Opera, premiering at Theatre Royal Glasgow before touring the UK.

A satire of Victorian morals and the English ruling classes, The Pirates of Penzance first performed on Broadway in 1879 and includes the Gilbert and Sullivan hit, I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General.


The operetta follows the joyfully hapless story of Frederic and his true love, Mabel, daughter of Major-General Stanley.

Having turned 21, Frederic should be contractually released from his apprenticeship to a band of pirates, but discovers his birthday is the 29th February – a leap year. Taking duty a little too literally, he deduces it will consequently take him another 63 years to turn 21. Only Mabel’s promise to wait sustains him.

The Pirates of Penzance UK tour dates

Theatre Royal, Glasgow: 15th May
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen: 23rd May
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh: 28th May
Opera House, Manchester: 10th June
Hippodrome, Bristol: 17th June
Theatre Royal, Newcastle: 24th June
New Theatre, Oxford: 1st July
Millennium Centre, Cardiff: 15th July

Group travel organisers can contact their chosen venues for group rates and discounts.

For further group travel information visit www.piratestheshow.com.

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