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Theatre in the Park – Pirates of Penzance (Ballymena)

August 9 @ 6:00 pm 9:40 pm

Theatre in the Park – Pirates of Penzance (Ballymena)

On the high seas, memorable music and sparkling wit! Written nearly a century ago, yet remains relevant today.

With their performance of The Pirates of Penzance, Mid and East Antrim are happy to welcome the award-winning theatrical group Illyria from England to Ballymena for the first time.

Frederick, who has been an apprentice to the Pirates since he was a toddler, discovers that he was born on February 29th in a leap year, and therefore he is under contract to the Pirate King until his 21st BIRTHDAY, not his 21st YEAR. How will he avoid being compelled to live a life of crime until he is 84, with only the inept Penzance constabulary to defend him – and would his sweetheart, Mabel, wait that long?

The Pirates of Penzance receives the full Illyria treatment, with a 6-strong cast of actor/singers and specially-orchestrated jauntily-nautical accompaniment. Despite the scale reduction, no word from WS Gilbert’s libretto is removed, and no note or harmony from Sir Arthur Sullivan’s score is left unsung.

The Pirates of Penzance is as fresh as if it were written today, with comic melodrama, biting satire, and sparkling wit. It includes songs like To Be a Pirate King!, Modern Major General, and A Policeman’s Lot Is Not a Happy One, among others.

Suitable for ages from 5+

Running time (approx): 2hrs 10mins (including 20 minute interval)

Please bring your own seating/rug, suitable clothing and a picnic.

Gates open 6.30pm, show starts 7.30pm.

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Mid and East Antrim Council

People Park

Peoples Park Doury Road
Ballymena, northern ireland BT43 6JA United Kingdom
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