Gilbert & Sullivan

The Pirates of Penzance

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

2 Dec–21 Feb 2025

Priority Booking Dates

ENO Supporters
From 15 May at 12.00

ENO Friends
Platinum and Gold Friends
From 21 May at 12.00
Silver and Bronze Friends
From 24 May at 12.00

Access Scheme Members
From 24 May at 12.00

Public Booking
From 5 June at 12.00

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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.

The story of The Pirates of Penzance

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.

The score of The Pirates of Penzance

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’.

The singers and creators of The Pirates of Penzance

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

Priority Booking Dates

ENO Supporters
From 15 May at 12.00

ENO Friends
Platinum and Gold Friends
From 21 May at 12.00
Silver and Bronze Friends
From 24 May at 12.00

Access Scheme Members
From 24 May at 12.00

Public Booking
From 5 June at 12.00

Book now
Running Time
2hrs 15mins

There is one interval.

Language
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.

Food and Drink

Discover The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance Creative Team 2024/5

Natalie Murray Beale

Conductor

Mike Leigh

Director

Sarah Tipple

Revival Director

Alison Chitty

Designer

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

Samuel

William Morgan

Frederic

James Creswell

Sergeant of the Police

Isabelle Peters

Mabel

Bethan Langford

Edith

Anna Elizabeth Cooper

Kate

Gaynor Keeble

Ruth