The Pirates of Penzance

Saturday 24 February 2018, 7.30 pm

Utopians Unlimited return to Carshalton Methodist Church for the third consecutive year with their production of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, directed by Jon Fox and John Aldis. This fully staged performance is in the church. Doors open at 7.00 pm.

This operetta is a swashbuckling farce of brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit. It is full of memorable melodies, including the famous tongue-twisting patter song from the Major-General.

The Utopians, founded in 1980, were originally a concert group of six singers. They have since morphed into a larger group (hence the 'unlimited') who stage Gilbert & Sullivan in churches in the Croydon, Reigate and Redhill area for church fund raising and enjoyment. Their productions are costumed and lit, with music and dialogue performed by a dedicated group of principals and chorus singers.

Tickets are £10 each. Contact Sue on 07866 969147 or at

Utopians - cast of Iolanthe in 2015

The cast of Utopians Unlimited's 2016 production of Iolanthe

The Pirates of Penzance – a synopsis

The Pirates of Penzance tells the story of a young pirate apprentice named Frederic who has come to the end of his indentured period. As it turns out, Frederic was indentured by mistake. His half-deaf nurse had been instructed to apprentice him to a 'pilot' but got it a little wrong.

At any rate, Frederic has decided to leave the pirate life forever, and, though he loves his comrades dearly, devote his life to the extermination of their kind. However, since he is until the stroke of midnight still one of them, he feels obliged to point out the pirates' weakness – they are too tender-hearted. Apparently, all a captive must do is plead to being an orphan and he is immediately released!

Once upon the shore, Frederic, who has never seen any woman other than his old nurse, stumbles upon a bevy of beautiful maidens. He immediately falls in love with the most beautiful of the bunch, Mabel, who graciously offers to reclaim the 'poor Wandering one.'

What Frederic has forgotten, however, is that there are pirates about! Suddenly his old comrades are upon them! The lonely pirates are delighted by the beauty of their captives and recognize the situation as a 'first rate opportunity of getting married with impunity.' But the girls' father, Major-General Stanley, arrives just in the nick of time and claims untruthfully to be an orphan, thus winning a brief reprieve for his daughters.

The General is terrified that the pirates will uncover his lie, but Frederic eases his fears, promising to apprehend the band of pirates and put an end to their plundering. However, when Frederic learns that due to a technicality, he is still indentured to the pirates, the complications abound.

Read more about The Pirates of Penzance on Wikipedia

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