They may not be terribly successful, but the pirates of Penzance have impeccable manners: they think it’s unsporting to attack anyone weaker than themselves, and their first thought upon capturing a group of beautiful young ladies is to propose marriage en masse. But when they discover they’ve been tricked into letting their captivating captives go free, they plan a grisly revenge… Can the cream of Cornwall’s constabulary defeat them? Will true love triumph? And what is the pirates’ guilty secret?
Gilbert and Sullivan’s masterpiece combines inspired silliness with much-loved songs including I am the very model of a modern Major-General, With catlike tread and A policeman’s lot is not a happy one.
This sparkling production, performed with a live orchestra, is presented by the Centenary Company – a community theatre group based in Greenwich and Lewisham, specialising in the works of G&S.