THEATRE
London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES
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SHOW TIMES
Opened: 09 Feb 2017
Booking from: 04 Mar 2017
Booking until: 25 Mar 2017
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE TICKETS
Saturday

04 Mar 2017

7:30PM
3:00PM
Thursday

09 Mar 2017

7:30PM
Saturday

11 Mar 2017

7:30PM
Thursday

16 Mar 2017

7:30PM
Saturday

18 Mar 2017

3:00PM
Tuesday

21 Mar 2017

7:30PM
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  • sondheimkid 170 male 103 reviews 23 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Pirates of Penzance, 9th February 2017
    A fine revival of the Gilbert & Sullivan's classic, nicely performed but not always as brilliant as it should be.
    Very nice seat with a clear, unobstructed view on the whole stage and on the surtitles. Great acoustic and you can even catch a glimpse of the orchestra pit (which is something I always enjoy). The legroom is alright and the seat is quite comfy.
    G53 Upper Circle - London Coliseum - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Upper Circle G53
  • BColeman 5 11" male 21 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Pirates of Penzance, 11th February 2017
    We really enjoyed the show and would definitely recommend it.
    Sat in Stalls H40
    Great view of the stage and plenty of leg room.
    H40 Stalls - London Coliseum - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls H40
  • lee 5 11 male 87 reviews 7 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Pirates of Penzance, 18th February 2017
    Sat in Stalls D14
    Very comfortable seat with plenty of legroom, great view.
    D14 Stalls - London Coliseum - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls D14
  • lee 5 11 male 87 reviews 7 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Pirates of Penzance, 18th February 2017
    Sat in Stalls D13
    Very comfortable seat with plenty of legroom, great view.
    D13 Stalls - London Coliseum - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls D13
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE SEATING PLAN
The Stalls at the London Coliseum tend to provide fantastic views of the huge stage, however the front rows may be a bit cut off due to the stage’s height, as well as the rear rows being slightly impaired by the Dress Circle overhang.

The Dress Circle gives unobstructed views from nearly all seats, however seats towards the ends of the rows can be slightly side on, as well as the rear rows also suffering from an overhand. The Upper Circle is very similar in layout and quality, although slightly more distant.

The Balcony can feel very distant to the stage, being very high up, as well as seats not being as comfortable as the rest.
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STORY
The Pirates of Penzance has once again returned to the London Coliseum in the first revival of the critically acclaimed ENO production be much loved British director, Mike Leigh. The opera has returned having had its opening on 9th February 2017 for a limited run of 16 performances through February and March.

The Pirates of Penzance is a swashbuckling farce full of hilarious jokes and razor-sharp wit. The plot follows a band of pirates, who take pity on orphans, who are actually peers of the realm. The 21-year-old, who has vowed to put them behind bars, is actually only 5 years old. And the policemen, are just really, really useless at capturing criminals.

With this madcap plot and plenty of laughs, The Pirates of Penzance at the London Coliseum is the perfect night out. Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic score is packed full of unforgettable tunes, including the famous tongue-twister from the Major-General, along with the wimpy Sergeant’s ‘When a felon’s not engaged in his employment’.

The Pirates of Penzance was the fifth time Gilbert and Sullivan worked together and contains some of their best work. Many modern productions have brought the opera back to the stage again and again, including Joseph Pap’s 1981 Broadway production, which ran for over 700 performances and won both Tony and Drama Desk awards and even had a spin off film adaptation.

For this revival of the acclaimed production from Mike Leigh, ENO star Andrew Shore reprises his role of the army general, alongside John Tomlinson playing the Sergeant of Police. Soraya Mafi and David Webb sing the parts of Frederic and Mabel, the young lovers, while Gareth Jones conducts.

When this production of The Pirates of Penzance was first staged in 2015, it became the ENO’s most successful opera productions, with over 75,000 people attending shows both at the London Coliseum and also across over 400 cinemas throughout the UK and Ireland. This broadcast of The Pirates of Penzance still holds the record for the most successful cinema screening of opera in the UK.

Mike Leigh is one of the most renowned film directors that the UK has ever produced. Films such as Naked, Secrets and Lies and Vera Drake have brought him great critical acclaim. Despite saying that he would never direct opera, this production of The Pirates of Penzance was met with great acclaim.

This is a fantastic chance for those who didn’t get an opportunity to see Mike Leigh’s The Pirates of Penzance live the first time round, to experience the brilliance and hilarity at the London Coliseum. This opera opened on 9th February 2017 for a run of 16 performances up until 25th March 2017.
Suitable For
The Pirates of Penzance has existed in many forms throughout the years and has become a firm favourite opera of the nation. For those who have seen smaller productions and loved the songs and plot, you should definitely take a chance to see one of the biggest and most acclaimed productions of recent years.

Fans of Mike Leigh’s fantastic film work may also want to delve into the world of opera, to see a very different side to the genius filmmaker.
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