The Pirates of Penzance

Date 25th May 2012
Society St Leonards G & S Group
Venue St Mary's Church Hall, Cop Lane, Penwortham, Preston, Preston, Lancashire
Type of Production Gilbert & Sullivan?
Director Fiona Richmond
Musical Director Peter Ledder


Author: Eddie Regan

The Pirates of Penzance is one of my favourite Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas and I was delighted to be asked to this production. On arrival I was a little startled to see the number of musicians in the orchestra. I was worried there may be too many for the size of the venue. My fears were soon dispelled and principal actors, chorus and orchestra combined superbly.
In response to a request from within the group the Director decided to give the show a new twist, setting it in 2012. Modern costumes and set décor were intended to mirror The Queens Jubilee and Preston Guild Celebrations. I am somewhat of a traditionalist as far as Gilbert and Sullivan is concerned and I felt this decision was not to my liking.

The Pirates were suitably dastardly and the Chorus of Police brought a new dimension to the show. There was some excellent singing from principals and chorus, including pit choir, although, occasionally, diction was lacking in some of the ensemble numbers.
As is usual with this company the enthusiasm and energy was apparent and everyone looked as though they were enjoying themselves. All principals were in character throughout but special mention must go to Robert W.A. Feeley as” The Pirate King” who was certainly a ”Jack Sparrow” look-alike.

Director, Fiona Richmond and Musical Director Peter Ledder must be congratulated on a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Gilbert and Sullivan would surely have approved!
Many thanks for making myself and my wife so welcome.