Theatre classic ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ to come to Swaffham Bulbeck this month

The Pirates of Penzance is to come to the Theatre in a Barn in Swaffham Bulbeck this month.

The Pirates of Penzance is to come to the Theatre in a Barn in Swaffham Bulbeck this month. - Credit: Archant

A Gilbert and Sullivan classic is to come to Swaffham’s Summer Theatre this month.

The ‘Theatre in a Barn’ in Downing Farm, Swaffham Bulbeck, is to be the home to the Summer Theatre’s production of ‘The Pirates of Penzance,’ which opens on Wednesday June 15.

The story of the classic play begins on a rocky seashore where the pirates are celebrating Frederic’s coming of age. He has completed his apprenticeship but shocks the Pirate King by announcing his intention to leave the band. He was mistakenly indentured to them and only stayed through his sense of duty.

He comes upon a group of young ladies and falls in love with Mabel. The pirates try to abduct the girls and marry them but the Major-General persuades them to have pity, and they relent.

However, we find out that he has lied and he begs Frederic to summon the local constabulary to help defend him when the pirates discover his falsehood. Meanwhile, Ruth and the Pirate King persuade Frederic, in unusual circumstances, to remain with them. The police and pirates clash but all is resolved after the ensuing battle, in true Gilbert and Sullivan fashion.

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The play will run from June 15 until Saturday June 18, with performances at 7.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 2.30pm and 7.30pm on the Saturday.

Tickets, which range from £7 to £10, are available via, or by contacting Caille Peri on or 07541 554845.

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For further information about the show please contact Ruth Dennis on 01638 730659.

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