The Pirates of Penzance

The best-known and best-loved of all Gilbert and Sullivan (at least to American audiences and performers alike), The Pirates of Penzance unleashes its rollicking band of inept pirates and bumbling policemen for the seventh time on the Mandel Hall stage this March. Filled to the brim with songs, jokes, and visuals that promise to be familiar and accessible to those new to Gilbert and Sullivan, Pirates also holds a special place in the hearts of countless performers, as it represents the first exposure for many to the world of light opera.

The Company’s 2020 production of Pirates will be particularly special to its directorial team, who bring a well-crafted and complete show honed over thirty years and fifteen separate productions—including the 1980s Broadway and National Tour productions, as well as productions designed from W.S. Gilbert’s original prompt books. This production promises to be an unforgettable event for performers and audience members of all experience levels—from Savoyard aficionados to light opera novices—and will be a true testament to the enduring power and beauty of Gilbert and Sullivan for generations to come.

The Company is pleased to announced that auditions are closed and casting is complete.
Click here for the 2020 Pirates of Penzance cast list.

The Pirates of Penzance runs
March 13, 14, and 15, 2020, at the
University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall
1131 E. 57th Street, Chicago IL 60637

Patron tickets for the 2020 production are on sale now. To show our appreciation, Patrons are given priority seating, and 2019 Patrons are guaranteed their same seats through January 14. All Patron ticket holders are also invited to an intermission reception with Director Shane Valenzi and members of the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company Board.

General, student, and group tickets go on sale February 1.

Tickets are $25 general, $60 patron (includes $35 tax-deductible donation and invitation to an intermission reception), $5 students, and $15 for groups of 10+.

Get tickets here!