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The Pirates of Penzance

Paxton House
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Pirates of Penzance


Illyria theatre company return to Paxton House for summer 2014 with their first outdoor theatre performance, ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. Come along and enjoy a brilliant performance in front of the impressive setting of Paxton House.

In 2011 Illyria raised the bar for the major UK open-air touring theatre companies by becoming the first and only one to add Opera to its regular season. Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic opera is about Frederick, an apprentice pirate, born on 29th February, who quits the Pirate ship and falls in love with girl on land – until he learns he is contracted to the pirates until his 21st BIRTHDAY, not his 21st year. Being a steadfast Slave Of Duty, what is he to do? To denounce his piratical friends to the authorities? Or to postpone his marriage until he is 84?

The show is packed with laughter, romance and a ship-full of memorable lyrics such as “To be a Pirate King!”; “Modern Major General” and “A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One”. This wonderful operetta gets the complete Illyria treatment, faithfully performed by a reduced cast and accompanied by a Musical Director on keyboard. Despite the reduction in scale not a single word from WS Gilbert’s libretto is cut, nor a single note or harmony from Sir Arthur Sullivan’s score unsung.

Gates open at 6pm, performance starts at 6.30pm. Running time (approx): 2hr 0mins (including 20 minute interval) Suitable for: all ages 5+ Targeted at: all ages 10+

The Pirates of Penzance takes place at...
Paxton House, Berwick-upon-Tweed (Historic sites)

Ticketing information

Type Entry for Guide price
day ticket
Child 1
day ticket
Family 4
day ticket
Family tickets - 2 adults and 2 children £41.00

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