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The Pirates of Penzance (English National Opera)

Film

The Pirates of Penzance (English National Opera)

Exempt From Classification

10 Oct - 20 Oct

Fresh from the success of his celebrated biopic, Mr Turner, veteran filmmaker Mike Leigh makes his debut directing opera with a new production of the sparkling comic masterpiece by Gilbert and Sullivan. Captured live at the London Coliseum in stunning high definition, the English National Opera’s ENO Screen program offers a unique cinematic experience available for the first time in Australia.

  • Swashbuckling pirates, blundering policemen, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes all feature in a new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s much-loved comic opera. Leigh’s stylistically faithful interpretation is a showcase for brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit in a performance where comedy, romance and farce combine with surprising twists and turns.

    With stylish designs from Alison Chitty (with whom Leigh has collaborated on three films), this exuberantly staged production is conducted by David Parry. The talented cast includes the versatile Andrew Shore as the very model of a modern Major-General, Jonathan Lemalu as the affectionate parody of the British bobby, Robert Murray as the guileless pirate-apprentice Frederic, and Rebecca de Pont Davies as the older woman who has designs on him.

    “A brilliant jeu d’esprit” - The Independent