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‘Pirates of Penzance’ (an Illyria production)

Saturday, July 28, 2018,3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

£10 – £15.00


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Policeman or Pirate, what’ll it be?
Award winning Illyria Outdoor Theatre Company brings a hilarious production of one of the all-time favourite comic operas. Great for all the family.

It’s all about Frederick, an apprentice pirate, born on 29th February, who quits the pirate ship and falls in love with a 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.

Illyria’s production features a cast of 7 actor-singers and one Musical Director on piano.

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.

‘Top-notch outdoor theatre’ says the Telegraph.

This is an outdoor production with shelter available. Seating available, bring your own blanket and picnic away

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens in summer, what better place to welcome a Modern Major General – we have matters vegetable, animal, and mineral. Six actors and a piano prove they can make many Pirates and improve a lot of Policemen…Don’t miss this five-star production company!


Bring a picnic.

Buy a ‘Cream Tea in a Box’ and other yummy goodies on the day.



Saturday, July 28, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
£10 – £15.00
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Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens, Chester Road, Castle Bromwich
Birmingham, B36 9BT United Kingdom
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