The Pirates of Penzance

or the Slave of Duty

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Studio Cast (1929)
George Baker, Peter Dawson, Stuart Robertson, Derek Oldham, Leo Sheffield
Studio Cast (1958)
Donald Adams, Jean Hindmarsh, Thomas Round, Ann Drummond-Grant, Peter Pratt
Studio Cast (1991)
Marilyn Hill Smith, Malcolm Rivers, Eric Roberts (i), Philip Creasy, Susan Gorton

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Frederic was as a child apprenticed to a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates by his nurse who, being hard of hearing, had mistaken her master's instructions to apprentice the boy to a pilot. Frederic, upon completing his 21st year, rejoices that he has fulfilled his indentures and is now free to return to respectable society. But it turns out that he was born on February 29 in leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. By the end of the opera, the pirates, a Major General who knows nothing of military strategy, his large family of beautiful but unwed daugters, and the timid constabulary all contribute to a cacophony that can be silenced only by Queen Victoria's name.

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Alternate Titles

  • Di Yam Gazlonim (revival title)
  • Pirates! (revival title)
  • The Pirates of Penzance or The Slave of Duty (full title)

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