Cody Musical Theatre Company

27th Sept – 1st Oct 2011

The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert. The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tenderhearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on February 29, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.

Pirates was the fifth Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration and introduced the much-parodied Major-General’s Song. It has been refreshed with several modernised productions and spawned many imitations. Pirates remains popular today, taking its place along with The Mikado and HMS Pinafore as one of the most frequently played Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

Production Team

Creative Team

DirectorJune Thomas
Musical DirectorPaul Tickner
ChoreographerApril Timpson
Stage ManagerMike Davall
Assistant DirectorCharlotte Walker


Cast List

Major-General StanleyHaydn Thomas
The Pirate KingRob Tickner
Samuel, his LieutenantMark Aston
Frederic, the Pirate ApprenticePeter Hartley
Sergeant of PoliceTim Canfield
MabelDanni Stembridge
EdithDawn Stephens
KateSiân Thomas
IsabelMelanie Martin
Ruth, a Piratical Maid of all workCharlie McGowan
General Stanley's DaughtersAlex Balston, Sam Bottle, Laura Gurney, Emma Dayson, Melanie Martin, Lucy Jesse, Dawn Stephens, Danni Stembridge, Siân Thomas
PiratesMark Aston, Tony Doherty, Mike Lehman, Norman Lyddiatt, Tony Siddall, Bernard Stone, Rob Tickner, Arie Van Nieuwenhuijzen, Colin Vickery
PoliceSusan Canfield, Tim Canfield, Mike Davall, Graham McCarron, Eric McLoughlin, Geoff Morris, Jane Mumford, Robert Phillips, Darren White
LadiesJoyce Atlee, Helen Dayson, Ruth Hepworth, Sally Humphries, Leah McBean-Willis, Giga Phillips, Kelly Turner
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