English National Opera: The Pirates of Penzance PG

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This film was last shown on 18 June 2019

‘Precise and pricelessly funny production’ ***** The Stage

‘A jolly good show’ ***** The Telegraph

‘A delightful surprise’ **** The Times

Packed full of sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes, Gilbert & Sullivan's masterpiece returns to the big screen, directed by Mike Leigh (Palme d’Or winner and 5 times Oscar nominee).

Frederic, a pirate’s apprentice, falls head-over-heels in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. Frederic is due to be released from his apprenticeship on his 21st birthday, but there’s a snag. Born on 29 February, Frederic discovers that he is technically still a youngster. Although very much in love, his dedication to duty is unshakeable. Can he find a way to live happily-ever-after with Mabel? Featuring much-loved favourites including ‘A Policeman’s Lot is not a Happy One’ and ‘I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General’.

2 hours 35mins


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