An entertainment by Jeff Clarke
including a performance of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by Gilbert and Sullivan - complete and unabridged (with cuts).

 

Music: Sir Arthur Sullivan
Libretto: WS Gilbert
Additional material by Jeff Clarke and Richard Gauntlett

First performance of The Pirates of Penzance: Royal Bijou Theatre, Paignton. 30 December 1879

First performance of the OdL production: The Theatre Chipping Norton,
4 April 1995


The cast of the first performance was:

 

Vicar/Major General Richard Gauntlett
Mr Prendergast/Samuel/Kate/Sergeant James Biddlecombe
Mr Prickett/Pirate King/Policeman Nigel Leach
Tracy/Mabel Fiona O'Neill
Young Man/Frederic/Policeman Matthew Gould
Mrs Goodbody/Ruth/Edith/Policeman Louise Crane
   
Director Jeff Clarke
Designer and Costumes Graham Watson
Choreographer Jenny Arnold


 

An excerpt from Ian Bradley’s book “Oh Joy, Oh Rapture” Oxford University Press 2005:

 

The Parson’s Pirates remains one of the key items in the Opera della Luna repertoire. It is set in the parish hall of St Michael’s Under Ware, where the vicar, the Reverend Arthur Bender, is putting on The Pirates of Penzance to raise money for church funds.

His cast consists of the two church-wardens, Mr Prickett and Mr Prendergast; Tracy, a punkish girl who does amazing things with chewing gum; and un-named local youth who is recruited to play Frederic; and Mrs Goodbody, a lady who is into alternative spirituality and dabbles in Tarot cards and tantric therapies.

I watched The Parson’s Pirates, with the ubiquitous and ever-fresh Richard Suart in the title role, and The Mikado, during the 2003 Buxton G&S Festival with the Opera House full of G&S aficionados, traditionalists, and D’Oyly Carte devotees. We were all captivated by the freshness of the approach and the vibrancy of the performances.

 

 

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The current cast of The Parson's Pirates:

Vicar/Major-General
ALAN VICARY

Mr Prendergast/Samuel/Kate/ Sergeant
IAN BELSEY

Mr Prickett/Pirate King/Policeman
ROB GILDON

Tracy/Mabel
ALETHEA SIBOIS

Young Man/Frederic/Policeman
OLIVER JOHN WHITE

Mrs Goodbody/Ruth/Edith/Policeman
LOUISE CRANE