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Pirates of Penzance

The Slave of Duty.

Her Majesty's Theatre

11 May - 20 May 2023

Yo Ho Ho, the pirates are coming to town!

A runaway success across Australia, The Pirates of Penzance is one of the most popular operettas ever written that both old salts and scallywags will equally enjoy. The story of a roguish pirate king and his adventurous young charge who explore the coastline in search of treasure and romance comes sailing into Adelaide with all the laughs, unforgettable melodies and tongue-twisting songs.

Flying the G&S flag, State Opera Artistic Director Stuart Maunder has assembled a star-studded cast led by Ben Mingay ‘swashing his buckle’ as the Pirate King. He’s joined in this epic adventure by a stellar cast: John Longmuir, Desiree Frahn, Douglas McNicol and Antoinette Halloran.

Anthony Hunt leads the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in one of Sullivan‘s most boisterous, tuneful scores.


“A top-shelf production… A complete hoot, and brilliantly done. It is riotous entertainment and thoroughly worth seeing. The G&S Fest looks poised to swamp the city in fun.”

In Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A joyful romp from beginning to end… the whole show was a musical highlight.”

Glam Adelaide

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Featuring clever staging, colourful costumes, cheeky comedy and beautiful work from the ASO and SOSA, this production is a delight.”


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Superb”

Limelight Magazine

“An absolute joy, a real treasure. Pirates have struck gold.”

The Advertiser

“A truly marvellous production… the perfect production for those who would like to ‘dip their toe’ into the world of G&S (and why wouldn’t you?) and absolute perfection for those of us who know and love the works of Gilbert & Sullivan!”

Stage Whispers

Anthony Hunt
Stuart Maunder AM
Set Design
Richard Roberts
Costume Design
Roger Kirk AM
Lighting Designer
Trudy Dalgleish
Anna Tsirigotis
Assistant Director
Macintyre Howie-Reeves
Chorus Master
Kim Worley
  • Duration 2h 10m (including interval)
  • Suitability PG
  • Hearing Loop Yes
  • Accessible Venue Yes