The Pirates of Penzance 2017 - GSOV Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria

The Pirates of Penzance - presented by GSOV

Adventure on the high seas! Set sail for one of Gilbert & Sullivan's most popular hits, the irrepressible, irresponsible, but irresistible Pirates of Penzance!

26 - 29th October 2017
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre

In a world where steam is supreme... It's The Pirates of Penzance as you've never seen it before!

GSOV proudly presents a bold new vision of one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most popular hits, reimagined with inventive flair by director Nicholas Renfree-Marks, and featuring the magnificent GSOV live orchestra conducted by the incomparable Trevor Henley.

An alternate England during WW1… A pirate ship to capture your imagination!

Starring seasoned performers from opera, musical theatre and comedy, this madcap melee of maidens fair and feisty, pirates rum-filled and rumbustious, police crafty but cowardly and a sweetheart who's a slave to duty, showcases Gilbert & Sullivan at their best and brightest - a consistent fan favourite for music-lovers worldwide.

Set sail for action and adventure and expect nothing short of steampunk stunts, swordplay and sensational singing. Don't miss this show!

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With the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria Orchestra

5 Performances
Running time approx 2hrs 30mins
Thursday 26th October 8:00pm
Friday 27th October 8:00pm
Saturday 28th October 2:00pm
Saturday 28th October 8:00pm
Sunday 29th October 3:00pm

Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre

Cnr Bell Street & St. Georges Road,
Preston VIC 3072
Box Office: (03) 8470 8280
Enquiries: 0490 465 009


Adult: $39
Concession: $33
Student: $25
Child (Under 16): $20
Group 10+ $32
Family of 3: $69 (Max 1 Adult)
Family of 4: $103 (Max 2 Adults)
Opening Night Gala Supper: $22

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"PIRATES is a REAL musical comedy with emphasis on music AND comedy."
Australian Stage

"It's hard to imagine a more ideal summer entertainment than an exhilarating production of "The Pirates of Penzance" swashbuckling across the stage"
New York Times


Join GSOV for their Steampunk Gala supper on Opening Night

Mingle with the cast after the show, enjoy a tempting supper and a drink for $22 at the opening performance on Thursday 26th October.

Please Note: These tickets can be added to your order once you have selected your seats and ticket type.

Opening Night Steampunk Gala Supper
Opening Night Steampunk Fashions in the Foyer

Opening Night Special Event - Steampunk Fashions in the Foyer

To celebrate our bold new Pirates of Penzance, GSOV is pleased to host a Cosplay Fashions in the Foyer at the opening night performance on Thursday, 26th October 2017.

Dress to impress in the theme and strut your steampunk stuff during the intermission. Prizes for Best Costumes, with winners to be crowned Cosplay King and Queen of our Pirates season. Join in the fun!

FREE Kids Activities at Matinee Shows

Shiver me timbers! Do you have a little pirate in your life? Book in a family pass to one of our matinees, Saturday 2:00pm and Sunday 3:00pm, and enjoy a free kids event at these two shows.

Dress up as a Pirate, Police or one of the Major-General's feisty daughters and be in the running for some pirate booty! With a colouring-in competition too! Terrific prizes for the best dressed and the best picture.

Family of 3: $69 (max 1 adult) Earlybird*: $57
Family of 4: $103 (max 2 adults) Earlybird*: $87
Earlybird prices valid until 5 September 2017

FREE Kids Activites at Matinee Shows


Direction & Cast We have recruited a stellar cast of young, talented individuals, combined with several seasoned performers.

Director: Nicholas Renfree-Marks
Musical Director: Trevor Henley
Repetiteur: Timothy John Wilson

The Pirate (King) Queen: Carol Whitfield
Mabel: Laura Slavin
Frederic: Nathan Michael Wright
Major General Stanley: Andrew McGrail
Ruth: Katrina Katz
Sergeant of Police: Robin Halls
Samuel: Ben Klein
Edith: Iris Ferwerda
Kate: Bonnie Keynes
Isabel: Jaclyn Holland

With the magnificent GSOV live orchestra

Chorus of Ladies: Irene Bevilacqua, Lore Burns, Claire Butler, Judith Clark, Annette Dick. Robyn Hannan, Lesley Hetherington, Joy Lukman, Dominique Musico, Adriana Pannuzzo, Kate Phillips, Elizabeth Rusli, Jessica Stainton, Linda Wood, Cindy Yan

Chorus of Gentlemen: David Bradaska, Derek Butler, Nick Cotsell, Charlie Griffin, Michael Hammelmann, David Langmead, Lou Monteret, Jamie Tampion, Alister Walters, Kevin Yap

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GSOV is the performing arm of The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria which has been delighting audiences with its productions for over 80 years. One of the longest running theatrical organisations in Australia, it has been hailed as one of our country’s leading light opera companies. GSOV performs not only in Melbourne and regional Victoria, but has also won awards on the international stage at the premier Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in the United Kingdom.

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