Metropolitan Opera: BFO: Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance presented by The Maltings and Rock
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**Berwick Festival Opera's latest fully staged co-production of a classic Gilbert ">Set amongst a daring yet strangely tender-hearted band of Cornish smugglers, this re-orchestration by Matthew Rooke and Sam Lord is given an extra dose of theatrical flamboyance with a staging that's been lovingly updated to the 1970s.
Our dashing young hero Frederic is a time-served apprentice to a band of smugglers, itching to explore the world and find true love Just as he's about to set out on his new life, he encounters a dazzling group of lovely young girls - and their zealous guardian, the Major General. Love at first sight, unravelling family secrets, struggling authority figures, and things never going quite to plan - all wrapped up in a ridiculously entertaining package of silliness, sentiment and song.
Arguably their most popular work, and with a host of thoughtfully drawn characters, it's packed with familiar songs including I am a Pirate King, Poor Wand'ring One, With Catlike Tread and the tour de force of all their comic patter songs (and the most parodied for its rapid-fire delivery of ever more preposterous rhymes) I am the very model of a modern Major General
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