The Pirates of Penzance
The Pirates of Penzance
Libretto by W. S. Gilbert | Music by Arthur Sullivan | Orchestration by Peter Murray
Gilbert and Sullivan are the undisputed masters of comic operetta and the proud parents of the modern musical. That their works are more in demand today than when they were created over a century ago is ample proof of their lasting brilliance. We are pleased to offer reduced orchestrations based on the D'Oyly Carte originals for productions of H.M.S. PINAFORE,THE MIKADO or THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. When the hero of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE was but a boy, his father instructed his nurse to have him apprenticed as a pilot. She thought he said 'pirate' and thus the zany troubles began.
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In 1880, Gilbert and Sullivan's fifth collaboration, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, opened at the Opera Comique in London, where it played for 363 performances after an already-successful New York run.
The birthday of W.S. Gilbert, born 1836. Gilbert was the lyricist for the partnership Gilbert & Sullivan, renowned for comic operas including H.M.S. PINAFORE, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and THE MIKADO.
In 1842 Arthur Sullivan was born; the composer collaborated with partner W.S. Gilbert on iconic comic operas including THE MIKADO, H.M.S. PINAFORE, and THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.
In 1879, Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE premiered in New York for a successful three-month run.

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"PIRATES remains indestructible and G&S can survive anything." — Peter G. Davis, New York Magazine, January 01, 2007
"One of the most beloved shows in the English speaking world... The musical defies categorization and has a combination of music including arias, ballades, choruses and four part harmonies. There is sharp dialogue, a twisting plot and clever lyrics." — Richard Connema, TalkinBroadway.com, January 01, 2004

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Rental Materials for The Pirates of Penzance

STANDARD

  • Orchestra Package (14 Books)
    • 1 – FULL SCORE (CONDUCTOR)
    • 1 – FLUTE (Doubles Piccolo)
    • 1 – OBOE
    • 1 – CLARINET (Optional A Clarinet)
    • 1 – HORN
    • 1 – TRUMPET (Optional A Trumpet)
    • 1 – TROMBONE
    • 2 – PERCUSSION (see list below)
    • 1 – VIOLIN I (Divisi)
    • 1 – VIOLIN II
    • 1 – VIOLA (Divisi)
    • 1 – CELLO
    • 1 – BASS
  • Rehearsal Set (22 Books)
    • 20 – Libretto-Vocal Books
    • 1 – Logo CD
    • 2 – PIANO VOCAL SCORE
    • 0 – Digital Logo

ADDITIONAL

  • Libretto/Vocal Books 10 pack
    • 10 – Libretto-Vocal Books
  • PIRATES - PRE-PRODUCTION PACKAGE
    • 1 – Libretto-Vocal Books
    • 1 – PIANO VOCAL SCORE

Cast Requirements for The Pirates of Penzance

PRINCIPALS
2 Women
3 Men

FEATURED
3 Women
2 Men

ENSEMBLE
Chorus of Pirates, Police and General Stanley's Daughters - as desired

CHARACTERS
Major-General Stanley
The Pirate King
Samuel
Frederic
Sergeant of Police
Mabel
Edith
Kate
Isabel
Ruth

Set Requirements for The Pirates of Penzance

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE takes place in Cornwall.

SPECIFIC LOCATIONS
A Rocky Seashore on the Coast of Cornwall
A Ruined Chapel by Moonlight

Materials Notes

ORCHESTRATION NOTE: Orchestration by Peter Murray are based on the D'Oyly Carte originals.
(2 Players) Cymbals, Bass Drum, Side Drum, Triangle, Snare Drum, Timpani (2)
(2 Players) Cymbals, Bass Drum, Side Drum, Triangle, Snare Drum, Timpani (2)

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©Year By R&H Theatricals. This production was videotaped by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals for archival purposes only. All Rights Reserved. WARNING: Federal law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution or exhibition of copyrighted motion pictures, videotapes or videodiscs. Criminal copyright infringement is investigated by the FBI and may constitute a felony with a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and/or a $250,000.00 fine. This Video is provided to you for private, organizational and home viewing purposes only. By accepting the Video, you agree not to authorize or permit the Video to be copied, distributed, broadcast, telecast or otherwise exploited, in whole or in part, in any media now known or hereafter developed.

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