Ahoy! Return of all male Pirates Of Penzance to tour

A previous cast of The Pirates of Penzance. Photo Kay Young
A previous cast of The Pirates of Penzance. Photo Kay Young

Sasha Regan’s acclaimed all-male production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance will play its first UK Tour, opening at Richmond Theatre next month.

A classic musical comedy of mistaken identity, The Pirates of Penzance follows young Frederic, a child apprenticed to a band of tender-hearted, orphaned pirates exploring the coastline in search of treasure and romance.

It first opened in 1879 and was an immediate triumph for Gilbert and Sullivan, remaining to this day their most popular and successful collaboration.

Now, this critically acclaimed all-male production, first seen in the London Fringe in 2009, returns with a fresh and funny re-imagining of this much-loved classic.

From its humble beginnings playing to 50 people under a railway arch at the Union Theatre in Southwark, The Pirates of Penzance went on to win the 2010 WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production and play sell-out runs at Wilton’s Music Hall and Hackney Empire, before heading to Australia for a major national tour.

The Union Theatre has developed an extraordinary reputation for reimagining musicals on the small scale, and is becoming known for its all-male productions of Gilbert and Sullivan, with HMS Pinafore also being re-imagined in 2013.

The cast features Alan Richardson, Samuel Nunn, Alex Weatherhill, James Waud, Michael Burgen, Ben Irish, Dale Page, Richard Russell Edwards and Chris Theo-Cook. The ensemble company is completed by Joel Elferink, Joseph Houston, William Whelton, Matt Jolly, Tommy Knapp, Liam Lakin and Thomas Henson.

The Pirates of Penzance is directed by Sasha who for 15 years has been artistic director of The Union Theatre, where directing credits include Sweeney Todd, Iolanthe, HMS Pinafore, Whistle Down The Wind, Cabaret and Love Story.

It is choreographed by Lizzi Gee, whose recent work includes the BAFTA award-winning film Pride, the UK Tour of Annie Get Your Gun, A Winter’s Tale for the RSC, Rocket to the Moon at the National Theatre and The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.


April 15–18, Richmond Theatre
April 20-25, Theatre Royal, Winchester
April 27-May 2, Theatre Royal, Bath
May 4-9, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
May 19-20, East Riding Theatre
May 21-23, The Spa, Bridlington
May 26-30, Theatre Royal Brighton
June 2-6, Northcott, Exeter
June 24-28, Hackney Empire

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