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The Pirates of Penzance

W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

Wilton's Music Hall

Wilton's Music Hall
Box Office 020 7702 2789 no bking fee
Graces Alley, Off Ensign Street, E1 8JB
10 mins walk from Tower Hill or Aldgate East tube stations
DLR Tower Gateway
Buses: D3, 115, RV1, 100, 79, 42, 15, 25, 205, 254

The Pirates of Penzance

by W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan will be at Wilton’s Music Hall from Thursday 8 April to Sunday 16 May 2010. The press night is on Tuesday 13 April at 7.00pm.

Sasha Regan's unique all male version of Gilbert & Sullivan's classic operetta sold out at the Union Theatre in July 2009 and is the Winner of 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.

Fred Broom is the Major General, Alan Richardson is Mabel, Ricky Rojas is the Pirate King, Russell Whitehead plays Frederick. Other cast include Michael Burgen, Stewart Charlesworth, Lee Greenaway, Samuel J. Holmes, Joe Maddison, Chris Theo-Cook, Christopher Wheeler.

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 in association with Wilton’s Music Hall.

Ricky Rojas has just been on Broadway in ‘Burn The Floor’. West End appearances include in ‘Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, ‘Grease’, ‘Buddy’. Fred Broom’s recent credits include in ‘The Mikado’ Gielgud Theatre and U.S and ‘Sweeney Todd’ Royal Festival Hall. Russell Whitehead’s was in ‘Chicago’ and ‘Scrooge’ in the West End.

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 MD on ‘Company’ and MD/keyboard for The Pirates of Penzance.

Tickets: £10 previews, £22.50 standard. £17.50 concessions, £15 every Tuesday (Running time 2 hours)
Eves Tues to Sats 7.30pm , Mats Sat & Sun 2.30pm Press perf Tues 13 April 7.00pm

8 April 2010