Photo credit: The Pirates of Penzance (Photo by Scott Rylander)

All-male production of ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ coming to Palace Theatre

The award-winning production will play at the West End venue for one night only.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

UPDATE: The Pirates of Penzance is now available to stream on from 29 March - 5 April. For more information, read here.

As part of the winter season of socially-distant performances at the Palace Theatre, Sasha Regan's all-male production of The Pirates of Penzance will transfer to the West End. The Gilbert and Sullivan opera will be performed on 12-13 December.

In this inventive take on the classic, the pirates continue to brave the high seas. Audiences can still listen to the classic songs including "I am a Pirate King"; "Oh, happy day, with joyous glee" and "A rollicking band of pirates we".

The Pirates of Penzance was last performed at Wilton's Music Hall in 2019. In a five-star review for, Mark Shenton said: "[There's] a layer of texture and sometimes comedy that these were clearly blokes playing all the women's roles... There's also femininity and grace here [and] some frequently sublime falsetto singing. This doesn't feel arch or contrived either, but naturally organic... this is one of the most charming, delightful musicals in town."

Casting includes Alan Richardson, David McKechnie, Richard Russell Edwards, Leon Craig, Sam Kipling, Marc Akinfolarin, Michael Burgen, Lee Greenaway, Matthew Facchino, Tom Duern, Jamie Chidzey, Joel Elferink, Oliver Savile, Dominic Harbison and Daniel Miles. 

Other productions to be performed at the Palace Theatre include a week-long run of Jimmy Carr's stand-up, as well as Adam Kay's Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas.

The Pirates of Penzance is at the Palace Theatre on 12-13 December.

Photo credit: The Pirates of Penzance (Photo by Scott Rylander)


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