If you can’t wait for this fall’s production of the Pirates of Penzance at the Kings Head Theatre in Islington, you can head for Chiswick’s Tabard Theatre in May.
From the Tabard website:
“Orphaned pirates, flat-footed policemen, a bevy of blushing maidens and the pretty daughter of Major General Stanley – all the ingredients for a fabulous recipe of G & S at their very best. Sullivan’s ever popular and memorable score contains some of his most beautiful writing as Gilbert, in his most topsy turvy of all plots, leads us through the swashbuckling world of young Frederic, the Pirate apprentice, who was born on February 29th in a leap year and therefore won’t be 21 and come of age until he is 84!
The Pirates of Penzance is produced in-house at the Tabard Theatre whose previous musical credits in addition to Ruddigore include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Just So. Last year’s Ruddigore was a critical and box office smash, named Time Out Critics Choice and one their Top Five Shows of the Week. It was subsequently extended due to popular demand.
With some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best tunes such as Poor Wandering One, A Policeman’s Iot, and I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major General, the Tabard Theatre’s production of The Pirates of Penzance imaginatively combines the wit and charm of the original with a contemporary vigour that will delight both G & S fans and new audiences alike.”