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Bermuda audiences expect all Gilbert & Sullivan Society productions to be of an excellent standard,
and The Pirates of Penzance has lifted that standard higher still.

Rebecca Zuill - Royal Gazette


The last time an actual G&S show was produced by the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Bermuda was in 1996. Now 18 years later, Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Bermuda is going back to its namesake’s vaults and reinventing The Pirates of Penzance.

In the same way that Shakespearean texts exist to be interpreted in many ways, the same could be said of the Gilbert & Sullivan scores. This year’s Bermuda G&S Production Team plans to stage the show as an unabashed musical - Think a classic musical comedy romp in the sand dunes - with echoes of Pirates of the Caribbean!


This wonderfully witty and classic musical play concerns the story of Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year and accompanied by his nursemaid Ruth, is released from his accidental apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates led by a Pirate King. Once ashore he meets Mabel, one of the many daughters/Wards in Chancery of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. He then swears to pursue the pirates and bring them to justice for their crimes, driven by his over-arching sense of duty. In order to do so he enlists the somewhat wary local constabulary to assist. However, before he can set out on his “dread adventure” Frederic finds out that he was born on 29th of February, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year and is only 5 years old by birthday reckoning. His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years as a pirate and return to a “life of plunder.” Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic agrees to return to the Pirates with his only solace being that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully. After Frederic’s departure Mabel calls forth the constables who, with some cajoling, set off stealthily to destroy the pirates and free Frederic – but when they meet up with the pirate band the pirates are more than ready for the attack and a comic melee ensues. Do the pirates win the day? Does the long arm of the law defeat the Pirate King and free Frederic? You will have to buy a ticket and see!

The performances will feature a fantastic seaside theme with candy floss (cotton candy) and a pirate photo booth as well as treats and pirate-themed merchandise for the kids (the kids may want to buy a sword and do battle with a real pirate!) – all right in City Hall!


Producer – Deborah Smith-Joell
Artistic Director – Andrew Lynford
Musical Director – Philip Shute
Stage Manager – Kevin Connor
Set Designer – Cleo Pettitt
Lighting Designer - Fridthjofur (Fiffi) Thorsteinsson
Sound Designer – Richard de Whittaker
Costume Director – Vaughan Sullivan
Director of Publicity – Alexander Damon Rosati


Cast Member Name        Role
Mark Hamilton   Pirate King
Paige Hallett   Mabel
Adrian Kawaley-Lathan   Frederick
Alexander Damon Rosati   Major General Stanley
Alan Brooks   Sargent
Carol Birch   Ruth
Owain Johnston-Barnes   Samuel
Micah Jimenez   Simon
Shaquille Lathan   Gladstone
Adam Farrell   Septimus
Jon Brunson   Albert
Brian Wedlich   Theodore
Alan Gilbertson   Herbert
Mathew Sinclair   Policeman
Faiz Shakir   Policeman
Che Barker   Seamus
Debbie Raat   Edith
Lauren Genevieve   Isabel
Isabella McKenzie   Kate
Gabriella Rosati   Harriet
Corrie Cross   Lucinda
Tiara Shine   Clarissa
Katrina Kawaley-Lathan   Winifred
Tifa Hann   Phyllis
Lizz Pimentel   Lavinia
Urchins        Team
Mia Baccaglio   Cross Bones
Ethan Soares   Cross Bones
Chiaje Rudo   Cross Bones
Jonah Davidson   Cross Bones
Xavier Lee   Cross Bones
Abigail Powell   Cross Bones
Tristan Currelly   Skulls
Olivia Currelly   Skulls
Sedona-Sky Duffy   Skulls
Ezequiel Jimenez   Skulls
Amari Stewart   Skulls
Lola Pimentel-Barker   Skulls

Cleo Pettitt and Dikki Robb talk to Bryan Darby about the fabulous Pirates sets


George Baker sings the Major-General's Song with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, conducted by Malcolm Sargent (1929)
Please note that this music is not from this production and is reproduced without permission

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