Gilbert & Sullivan

The Pirates of Penzance

Swash-buckling, plank-walking, toe-tapping fun.

2 Dec–21 Feb 2025

Batten down the hatches. Strike the colours. The pirates are back. The ENO’s smash-hit production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s swashbuckling farce returns shortly – and is set to get audiences toe-tapping along all over again.


With its splendidly silly storyline, wild wordplay and well-loved songs, this Mike Leigh-created production is irresistibly feel-good. An apprentice pirate woos the Major General’s daughter, while his bungling buccaneer-shipmates try to outwit an equally inept party of policemen. Its vibrant staging brings out the sunshine in the story.

Discover more about the story of The Pirates of Penzance on our dedicated page.


The Pirates of Penzance is one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most popular operas and contains some of their most memorable melodies. These include ‘I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General’, ‘A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One’ and ‘With Cat-like Tread’.

Singers & Creative

This revival is directed by Sarah Tipple and conducted by Natalie Murray Beale. G&S favourites and ENO regulars Richard Suart and John Savournin are the Major General and the Pirate King respectively. Meanwhile, ENO Harewood Artist Isabelle Peters sings the role of Mabel, and former Harewood artist William Morgan is Frederic.

Co-production with Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and the Saarländische Staatstheater Saarbrücken.

'The whole thing is a real delight'

Daily Express

'Bright, light entertainment'

The Telegraph

'Precise patter aplenty'

The Guardian

Running Time
2hrs 15mins

There is one interval.

Sung in English, with subtitles projected above the stage

Age Guidance: 5+

For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]

Small plates at the London Coliseum

Enhance your opera experience

Join us before the show for classic Italian ‘cicchetti’ and Spanish tapas, followed by dessert during the interval.

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Discover The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance Creative Team 2024/5

Natalie Murray Beale


Mike Leigh


Sarah Tipple

Revival Director

Alison Chitty


Paul Pyant

Original Lighting Designer

Gary James

Revival Lighting Designer

Francesca Jaynes

Original Choreographer

The Pirates of Penzance Cast 2024/5

Richard Suart

Major-General Stanley

John Savournin

The Pirate King

Henry Neill


William Morgan


James Creswell

Sergeant of the Police

Isabelle Peters


Bethan Langford


Anna Elizabeth Cooper


Gaynor Keeble