Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance at Coughton Court, Warwickshire

Illyria invite you to join them this summer to celebrate their 30th year with Gilbert and Sullivan's perennially popular 'The Pirates of Penzance' here at Coughton Court on Saturday 10 September 2022 at 7.00pm

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For 30 years Illyria has dominated the open-air touring theatre sector. Illyria burst onto the scene in 1992 when not only was there scarcely a scene to burst onto, but what scene there was entirely consisted of Shakespeare.  

The Pirates of Penzance

By Gilbert and Sullivan

Frederick, apprenticed to the Pirates since a child, learns that he was born in a leap year on 29th February, and that he is contracted to the Pirate King until his 21st BIRTHDAY, not his 21st year. With only the inept Penzance constabulary to protect him, how will he resist being forced to endure a life of crime until he is 84 - and will his sweetheart, Mabel, wait for him that long? 

With hilarious melodrama, sharp satire and glittering wit, The Pirates of Penzance is as fresh as if it had been written today. It is packed-full of memorable songs such as To be a Pirate King!, Modern Major General and A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One.  

Bring a chair and a picnic, and enjoy a glorious evening watching outdoor theatre. This is undoubtedly one of the hottest tickets around; book early to avoid missing out!

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.