About The Pirates Of Penzance

London Coliseum, London
2 December 2024 - 21 February 2025

Get The Pirates of Penzance tickets at the London Coliseum.

Batten down the hatches and strike the colours – the pirates are back! Mike Leigh’s smash-hit ENO production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s swashbuckling farce, The Pirates of Penzance, returns to the London Coliseum this December.

With its splendidly silly storyline, wild wordplay and well-loved songs,The Pirates of Penzance is irresistibly feel-good. Featuring sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes, this beloved comic opera brims with humour, razor-sharp wit and features a sparkling score chock-full of memorable melodies and catchy tunes.

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’.

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.

The Pirates of Penzance runs from 2 December 2024 to 21 February 2025 at the London Coliseum. Book tickets now for this strictly limited season.


Show Information

Performance dates
2 December 2024 - 21 February 2025
Age restrictions
5+
Running time
2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Matinees: Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

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What's the story of The Pirates Of Penzance?

Swash-buckling, plank-walking, toe-tapping fun. Mike Leigh’s dazzling revival of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera is back.

An apprentice pirate woos the Major General’s daughter, while his bungling buccaneer-shipmates try to outwit an equally inept party of policemen. 

Who is in the cast of The Pirates Of Penzance?

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

Who are the creative team of The Pirates Of Penzance?

The Pirates of Penzance Creative Team 2024/5: Conductor: Natalie Murray Beale; Director: Mike Leigh; Revival Director: Sarah Tipple; Designer: Alison Chitty; Original Lighting Designer: Paul Pyant; Revival Lighting Designer: Gary James; Original Choreographer: Francesca Jaynes

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


Reviews

★★★★★ "Pricelessly funny…an entirely delightful evening" - The Stage
★★★★ "A jolly good show" - Daily Telegraph
★★★★ "Precise patter aplenty" - The Guardian
★★★★ "The whole thing is a real delight" - Daily Express

Important Notes

Language Sung in English, with subtitles projected above the stage

Assisted performance: BSL signed: Saturday 8 February 2025 at 2.30pm; Relaxed performance: Thursday 30 January 2025, 1pm


Venue Information

London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176
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Frequently Asked Questions

The Pirates Of Penzance is playing at the London Coliseum in London
The running time of The Pirates Of Penzance is 2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)
The age recommendations for The Pirates Of Penzance are: 5+
To buy official London Theatre tickets to The Pirates Of Penzance, click on the Find Tickets button at the top of this page. You will be able to access the booking calendar to check ticket availability and see any exclusive offers or discounts. You will be purchasing tickets from an authorised retailer and member of the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers.
Yes, The Pirates Of Penzance has matinee performances on the following days: Saturday

News about The Pirates Of Penzance

Competition: Win 2 tickets to Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance!
Competition: Win 2 tickets to Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance!
Win a pair of tickets to see Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance! Sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes – Gilbert and Sullivan’s dazzling The Pirates of Penzance comes to ENO in a highly anticipated new production from renowned film maker and director Mike Leigh (Mr Turner, Another Year). This much-loved comic opera is a showcase of brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit and features a sparkling score chock-full of memorable melodies and catchy tunes. With stylish designs from Alison Chitty, this vibrant production is conducted by David Parry. The superb cast includes the ever-versatile Andrew Shore as the very model of a modern Major-General, Jonathan Lemalu as the affectionate parody of the British bobby, Robert Murray as the innocent pirate-apprentice Frederic, and Rebecca de Pont Davies as the older woman who has designs on him. BOOK Book The Pirates of Penzance tickets at the London Coliseum COMPETITION: CLOSED The Pirates of Penzance is sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 2hrs 20minsLondon Coliseum9 May – 27 June 2015 Terms & conditions: Enter your name and email address to join our mailing list and enter the Free Prize Draw. You can unsubscribe at any time. The Prize is valid 9 May 2015 – 27 June 2015. Subject to availability. Prize is as stated and cannot be transferred or exchanged. No cash alternative will be offered. The competition closes at 11.59pm on Friday 26 April 2015. Any entries submitted after this time will not be eligible. The winner will be selected at random and notified via email. The Prize is as stated and cannot be transferred or exchanged. Tickets are subject to availability. Read WestEndTheatre.com’s general competition Terms and Conditions here.

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