A band of gentlemanly pirates will be taking to the stage in Eastbourne in March, as the Under Ground Theatre again offers a preview of the next annual production from the local Gilbert & Sullivan Society.
The Society’s choice for 2014 is the ever-popular “Pirates of Penzance”, which will be coming to Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre in May. But you can hear some of the highlights when the G & S Society sings at the UGT’s weekly coffee-morning on Saturday, 22nd March.
“Pirates” was the only one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operas to have its official premier in the United States, where it opened in New York in 1879, to enthusiastic reviews. It was first staged in London in the spring of 1880.
At the Under Ground, the curtain goes up at 10am – and the show continues until noon.
Entry is free.
In addition to selections from “The Pirates of Penzance”, you can also expect some familiar songs from operettas such as “HMS Pinafore”, “The Mikado”, and “The Gondoliers”. Throughout, Fairtrade coffee & tea, and home-made cakes, will be on sale in the UGT coffee bar – which will stay open until 4pm, for viewing of the latest foyer art exhibition.
To catch up with the full story behind classics such as “The Very Model of a Modern Major-General”, “When the Foeman Bares his Steel”, and “When a Felon’s not Engaged in his Employment”, make sure you get a ticket to see the G & S Society at the Devonshire Park on any evening from Tuesday 6th May to Saturday 10th, or at matinees on the Wednesday and Saturday.