The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan

Illyria Theatre present Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.

  • Booking essential

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?

Performed by a 6-strong cast of actor/singers with specially-orchestrated jauntily-nautical accompaniment, The Pirates of Penzance gets the complete Illyria treatment. 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.

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.

Running time (approx): 2hrs 10mins (including 20 minute interval)


Event ticket prices
  • Adult £16.00
  • Child £12.00
  • Family £46.00
    1A 3C
  • Family £50.00
    2A 2C
  • Family £60.00
    2A 3C

The basics

Booking details
Call 0344 249 1895
Meeting point
When you arrive at the venue, parking is available in the main visitor car park. The performance area is located on the events lawn, to the left hand side of the Hall.
What to bring and wear
Make sure you bring a blanket or chair to sit on, weather-appropriate gear, and a picnic if you wish.
Event is fully accessible.
For those wishing additional refreshment, the Stables Cafe will be open before the performance begins and during the interval. Toilets are located in the Stable yard, adjacent to the café facility.

Contact Info

Hanbury Hall
Call 01527 821214

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The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan

Sat 20 Aug 2022
Illyria Theatre present Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.