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All Aboard for the Pirates of Penzance!

Touring Production comes to Settle,  Saturday September 28th, 7.30pm

“Energising and enthusing to watch … punchy, toe-tapping and thrilling to hear!” is how the local press described last year’s Gilbert and Sullivan tour by the renowned Gilbert and Sullivan company, the West Yorkshire Savoyards. Next week – Saturday September 28th at 7.30pm –   they bring one of the most popular G&S operas, The Pirates of Penzance to the Victoria Hall, Settle for a one-off evening performance. Fast, funny and packed with satirical wit and musical excellence, the Pirates are setting sail in a new touring production and tickets are going fast for this splash hit from the West Yorkshire Savoyards.

The ‘Savs’ are regular visitors to the Settle Victoria Hall and the Yorkshire based touring company which specialises in rousing productions of the  Gilbert and Sullivan operas has received the backing of  TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh. The well-known broadcaster, novelist, journalist and gardener is President of the West Yorkshire Savoyards, and says,  “The works of Gilbert and Sullivan continue to inspire and amuse generation after generation of music-lovers and theatre-goers, and the West Yorkshire Savoyards continue to enthral their audiences.  With Sullivan’s tuneful melodies and Gilbert’s rapier-sharp wit (Stephen Sondheim considers him the best of all lyricists), coupled with the W.Y.S. high standards, any audience can be assured of a great night out!”.

Once again, the Director of the Savoyards production is ex D’Oyly Carte actor, Alistair Donkin, and his touring production of The Pirates of Penzance promises to come alive in a dramatically staged masterpiece of music and comic timing.  The production includes full sets, costumes and orchestra conducting by musical director Oliver Longstaff.

The Gilbert and Sullivan’s blockbuster is among the most crowd-pleasing comic musicals in history, loved for its dynamite songs, gleefully entertaining story and saucy satire. Filled with Sullivan’s memorable melodies,  The Pirates of Penzance is pure joy and sensational entertainment for everyone, young or old!

A talented cast is led by popular actor and leading tenor, Paul Richmond who plays Frederic, the Pirate Apprentice. John Colston from Ripon plays the Pirate King and his Lieutenant, Samuel, is played by local director, Graham Weston.  Playing the female lead of Mabel is the experienced principal soprano,  Helen Fieldsend from Sale in Lancashire.  The West Yorkshire Savoyards is drawn together from experienced singers and actors from companies throughout the north of England and is noted for its high standard of production.

Tickets for The Pirates of Penzance, at the Settle Victoria Hall on Saturday September 28th at 7.30pm, are  £13 with £11 concessions, available from the Box Office (01729 825718)

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