The Pirates of Penzance

Pitiful pirates, blundering bobbies, and a fully grown five-year-old. It's all absurdly enjoyable!

Let’s get this straight. The pirates, who take pity on orphans, are really peers of the realm. The 21-year-old, who has sworn to put them behind bars, is really only five. And the policemen, whose lot is not a happy one, are really, really hopeless at foiling felons…

A swashbuckling farce of brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance makes for the perfect night out. Chock-full of memorable melodies, it includes the famous tongue-twisting patter song from the Major-General and the cowardly Police Sergeant’s ‘When a felon’s not engaged in his employment’.

For the first revival of this smash-hit production from renowned filmmaker Mike Leigh, ENO favourite Andrew Shore returns to sing the role of the army general alongside John Tomlinson as the Sergeant of Police. ENO Harewood Artists David Webb and Soraya Mafi sing the roles of the young lovers, Frederic and Mabel, and Gareth Jones conducts.

'An entirely delightful evening'

The Stage

Running Time
2hrs 15mins

Running time includes one interval of approximately 20 minutes.

Tickets available from £12 plus booking fee.* There are 500 tickets at every performance at £20 or under.

ENO offers half price tickets for children under 16. Please note that under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult and children under five will not be admitted.

Pre performance talk
18 Feb 2017
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
Signed Performance
23 Feb 2017
Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage

*ENO charges a £1.50 booking fee per ticket, or a maximum of £6 per transaction.


Discover The Pirates of Penzance

Creative Team

Gareth Jones


Mike Leigh


Sarah Tipple

Revival Director

Alison Chitty


Paul Pyant

Lighting Designer

Francesca Jaynes



Andrew Shore

Major-General Stanley

Ashley Riches

The Pirate King

David Webb


Johnny Herford


John Tomlinson

Sergeant of Police

All performances except 16, 18, 21, 23 & 25 March

Mark Richardson

Sergeant of Police

16, 18, 21, 23 & 25 March only

Soraya Mafi


Katie Coventry


Angharad Lyddon


Lucy Schaufer